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Subject: Manifesto ANIMAL
Date: February 27, 2008 2:43:51 PM GMT+00:00
To: pm@pm.gov.pt
Cc: miguel.moutinho@animal.org.pt

To the Prime Minister of Portugal:


Subject: Manifesto ANIMAL                                              Faro, 27-02-2008

 
Dear Mr. Sócrates,
 
Action Against Poisoning supports animal protection efforts in general and fights animal poisoning in particular. We have been well informed on the Manifesto ANIMAL and we have taken notice of an excellent supportive argumentation presented to you by email on 23-02-2008 by Mr. Rich Russom.
 
We link the severity and persistence of Portuguese animal abuse and neglect to the total lack of animal protection law enforcement. In our fight against a significant Portuguese animal poisoning problem we hit the “no report – no statistics – no problem” barrier. Denial en hypocrisy are standard reactions to signals of abuse and neglect of domestic animals and cruelty in bullfights, dogfights and circuses. In the rare cases police reacted and in the single case a police report was filed we have not seen a single follow-up. As police denies complainants a copy of a report civilians have no access to information and possibilities to monitor the outcome. This situation of judicial arbitrariness reflects a serious omission in Portuguese animal rights as well as human rights.
 
In addition to the arguments that might have reached your desk we stress the following points regarding stray and abandoned animals. This particular category of animals has our special attention and priority as it is enormous in numbers, primary target for poisoning and extremely vulnerable to the widest range of daily human misbehavior.
 
In our view abandoned animals and subsequently their stray offspring are the exclusive products of human misbehavior. Ignorance, neglect and cruelty creates a steady flow of diseased, abused and undesired domestic animals that are dumped by Portuguese citizens.
We are stunned by a human mentality that generates abandoned and stray animals as “Live Waste” in the public domain.
In civilized countries human waste is a public problem. This problem is recognized as a public responsibility requiring public solutions funded with public budgets. So why is live waste an ethical, legal and political blind spot?
 
It appears that European animal welfare and protection legislation mainly serves economic and public health interests. Roughly, the legal protection covers wild animals and domestic animals whilst stray and abandoned animals are outlawed. It is a fact that wild animals care for themselves and domestic animals are protected by their owners for emotional or economic reasons. Abandoned animals however have no protection although this – on human care and treatment dependent - category of animals needs protection most of all.
 
We have noticed that in Portugal stray and abandoned animals are the property of the Câmara’s, implying proper shelter, care and treatment. However, without a rare exception the presidents, veterinarians and police forces of those Câmara’s have failed in every field of animal protection as animal welfare has political and legal rock bottom priority. The sorry Câmara budgets – if any – are restricted to confinement, feeding and killing. It is disturbing to see that inadequate circumstances turn Câmara veterinarians into cynical professional misfits.
 
We are saddened by the fact that veterinary treatment and compassion are left to private initiatives. It is clear that the Portuguese society should do better than that.
 
We highlighted this  “Live Waste” problem to illustrate the need for a solid animal welfare legislation. It is not the only reason as we also take this opportunity to state that a festive game with the single purpose of torturing an animal to death – the bullfight – is in total disaccord with the most basic animal welfare standards. In fact any torture in a festive context is sadistic and a (public) mental health threat.
 
Consequently we call on you “to put Portugal on the animal welfare map” by your support of the proposals as stipulated in the Manifesto ANIMAL.
 
With kind regards,

 
Action Against Poisoning
www.actionagainstpoisoning.com

 

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Mr Peter Mandelson, Commissioner for Trade
European Commission
Wetstraat 200
1049 Brussels

 
The Hague, November 3, 2007
 
Ref: Canadian protest against ban on seal products
 
Dear Mr Mandelson,
 
Action Against Poisoning fights animal poisoning in particular and supports animal protection efforts in general. We all know that animal abuse is often based on bad cultural or economic attitudes and habits. We have learned that it is hard to change cruel habits. In our view EU “respect” for such habits as expressed in Art III-121 of the draft Constitution undermines that much needed change.
 
We are informed that Canada has initiated a procedure in the WTO to get the ban on their seal products by European member states rescinded.
We are saddened by this Canadian initiative as it ignores a global dislike of animal cruelty and especially the seal culls. It also ignores the emerging recognition of and growing support for animal rights.
And the Canadian initiative reflects a very poor understanding of the heart of the matter. We do not so much ban “a trade”. Obviously the only way to ban cruelty is to ban a trade in the products of that cruelty.
 
We are proud of a firm European stand against seal culls as it expresses a clear ethical message that killing baby seals for their furs and seal bulls for their penises is totally unacceptable, regardless of the used killing methods.  
 
Although we understand that economic profit is the leading motive in political decisions concerning animal welfare, we need to draw a line to preserve a shred of human dignity and credibility.
 
In a world guided by human profit, civilization has to start somewhere.
Why not in your office?
 
With kind regards,
 
Action Against Poisoning

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----- Original Message -----
From: ActionAgainstPoisoning
To: dxios7@otenet.gr ; news@alithia.gr
Cc:
carlyprovan@london.com
Sent: Monday, October 08, 2007 11:21 PM
Subject: Att. of Mr Broulis: poison distribution plan

Dear Mr Broulis,
 
Action Against Poisoning fights animal poisoning as we have witnessed many cases of slow and cruel poison deaths. For this reason alone we are totally opposed to the use of poisons against abandoned and stray animals. We like to point out to you - as mayor - that the stray problem is caused by irresponsible citizens dumping hunting dogs and domestic animals. This problem is also caused by authorities who do nothing to prevent the creation of this "live waste" flow, giving rock bottom priority to animal protection law enforcement or animal welfare policies, if any. 
 
Sometimes poisoning happens accidentally by ignorance. In most cases it involves deliberate cruelty towards stray animals or domestic animals of neighbours.
In fact - like guns - poisons are very powerful and dangerous instruments of destruction, especially in the hands of ignorant and evil persons. To avoid abuse and accidents we advocate the use of colors and smells that make poisons repulsive for consumption by people as well as animals.
 
We are informed that you plan to distribute poison in Chios amongst your citizens to kill stray animals. Poison has never proven to be an adequate, let alone civilized solution to a stray animal problem. On the contrary, the destructive effect of a controlled action is random and unpredictable. We can only predict that the free distribution of poison amongst citizens will lead to horrible incidents. 
 
Besides the fact that you probably violate existing animal protection laws, you evoke a large scale abuse of poison by people with undesirable wishes to kill animals or people for different reasons.
So we urge you to stop the execution of this unhealthy solution immediately.
 
With kind regards,
 
 
Drs P.M. Donker
Action Against Poisoning
The Hague, Netherlands
 


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Subject: Support bullfight ban
Date: June 27, 2007 6:14:52 PM GMT+01:00
To: ciliaflores@an.gob.ve

Dear Mrs Flores,
 
Action Against Poisoning fights animal poisoning in particular and supports animal protection efforts in general.
We have a special interest in the relation between animal abuse, mental health and social stability as we noted that animal cruelty like bullfighting facilitates violence towards people. Senseless violence is a contemporary mental health and public order problem. It is clear that no Mayor wants his citizens beating up innocent people as part of their “having fun” going out in his city.
 
In our view the bullfight is the cruellest form of animal abuse as it is the only “game” we know with the sole purpose of death by torture.
We cannot find a shred of justification for the torture of an animal that has not asked to be part of the game, that has been tampered with to reduce the remotest chance to win and that has no escape from the bullring.
We emphasize the point that bullfights – or any other combination of festivities and killing - breeds a notion that killing for fun is socially acceptable or even heroic.
The ritual performance of the acts and their sequence matches the definition of sadism: the infliction of pain for the pleasure of it.
Sadism is a certified mental disorder. A healthy society does not want to have, let alone breed, sadists amongst its citizens.
 
As participants of the International Anti-Bullfighting Summit in Lisbon on 18-19 May we were informed on the situation in Venezuela. We understood that Venezuela is progressing towards a possible ban on bullfights.
Especially for that reason we voted as Dutch citizens against the draft EU Constitution as its article III-121 condones animal abuse under the label of religious or cultural traditions.
 
Like for African, Indian or Maori war dances we respect the bullfight preservation of the traditional display of costumes, music, dancing and stabbing but please leave the bulls out of it. We also see a great future for monumental bullrings for operas, concerts and plays.
However, a society that treasures traditional bullfights – or any other animal cruelty - as cultural heritage has a long way to go towards real civilization.
 
As Venezuelan Member of Congress who values a non-violent society and respect for life, we urge you to ban bullfights to the benefit of public as well as animal welfare.
A ban would be a keystone contribution to the global abolition of animal abuse in general and the cruelest abuse in particular.
 
We look forward to your reaction.
 
With kind regards,
 
Drs P.M. Donker
Action Against Poisoning
www.actionagainstpoisoning.com

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LETTERS SENT ON BEHALF OF VARIOUS ANIMAL CAUSES

Subject: to BBC - Your issue on bullfights

Tue, 21 Sep 2004

To:
bill.heine@bbc.co.uk
helen.boaden@bbc.co.uk
mark.popescu@bbc.co.uk
newsonline@bbc.co.uk
richard.sambrook@bbc.co.uk

Subject: Your issue on bullfights

Ladies and gentlemen,

Action Against Poisoning fights animal poisoning in particular and supports animal protection in general. We have been informed on a BBC program about the pros and cons of bullfighting for youth.

Living in Portugal ourselves we think it unwise to leave any room for positive feelings - especially for children - about this folkloristic habit.
The Portuguese in general are sick of the few who force this cruelty upon their fellow citizens. And they certainly do not want matadors to be presented as a role model to their children by the BBC.
For your information: the Spanish bulls probably are better off as they are killed on the spot whilst Portuguese bulls may have to wait for hours or days before they receive their coup de gr‚ce. In our view the line of young man behind the one challenging the bull with the fools cap reflect the mentality of Portuguese youngsters killing themselves in cars with the bumper sticker "no fear". No fear, no brains, we might say.

The BBC may display bullfights as an event of pride, courage and honor.
You may call on tradition and culture to justify the postponed killing of the bulls by hours or days. You may bring this as a happy story, but the subject is not.
We are saddened by the fact that the BBC obviously does not see or understand that animal abuse is wrapped in folkloristic festivals, creating acceptance of violence in an atmosphere of "having a good time". Which as you should know by now consequently leads to multiple incidents of violence by people having fun.
And we are upset that the BBC creates a "why not" atmosphere around this issue. An atmosphere that is totally contrary to a civilized country with good animal protection laws, the RSPCA and a population of probably the most respectful people concerning animals.

Even the most fabulous, artful and mesmerizing dancing and stabbing does not justify the torture and subsequent killing of a bull who most likely had never asked to be part of such a performance in the first place. So please stop highlighting the art-side of it, or we might as well applaud the skills and merits of scalping and cannibalism that allegedly have been very brave, artful, traditional, cultural and running in the family as well.

In short, we would like you to refrain from exalted stories involving animal abuse, especially when you address children and when that abuse is played down.
It would be most refreshing and informative if you would feature a program on the merits of intrinsic violent folkloristic expressions like bullfighting, cockfighting, throwing goats from church towers, hanging obsolete hunting dogs on trees etc. etc.
It probably may not fit a juvenile audience.

With kind regards,

Action Against Poisoning


Subject: China - "Amazing Spain, Shanghai 2004" event clearly is a forerunner of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, this will reflect on China as a country that supports or even embraces animal cruelty.

Letter sent to the relevant Chinese authorities on Sunday 29 August 2004

To:
gov@govonline.cn
szw@ccnt.gov.cn
manage@chsi.moh.gov.cn
webmaster@shanghai.gov.cn
webmaster@mfa.gov.cn
webmaster@agri.gov.cn
webmaster@ccnt.com.cn
WebMaster@cnta.gov.cn
webmaster@spp.gov.cn

Action Against Poisoning

29 August 2004

The Hague - The Netherlands

Ladies and gentlemen,

With Chinese friends we visited your beautiful country - and Shanghai - in 1999. As we do not master your language we were limited in our communications. However, with mutual respect and understanding for our cultural differences we had open discussions about our on 6 October 2004 experiences in China including Hong Kong. In short, we were impressed by the technical progress and the friendliness we met in the different parts of China.

Last year we were informed on global efforts to stop the maltreatment of 'bile bears' in China. We expressed our appreciation to the Chinese authorities for their work towards eliminating bear farming. So we were happy that China was on the right animal protection track.

A few days ago we were informed that on the 6th October 2004 a bullfight will be performed at the Shanghai Stadium as part of "Amazing Spain, Shanghai 2004". We think this is an unwise idea and we wonder whether this is a Chinese or a Spanish initiative. If this is a Spanish initiative it is indeed amazing that Spain is unable to present her cultural wealth in a civilized way. We cannot fathom the Spanish urge to export an embarrassing habit.

Our view on bullfights is as follows: We applaud the preservation of cultural heritage. However, we protest against existing folkloric festivities that involve any form of animal abuse. If torture and killing is culturally conceived as a joyful occasion, then animal abuse can be associated with fame and national pride. We should not teach our children that any form of animal torture is normal, let alone laudable. Although we do not seek to undermine feelings of national pride, torture is a violation of existing animal protection laws and an affront to the civilized countries. So in our point of view it is unacceptable to support activities that taunt the global opinion on animal welfare and the existing animal protection laws.

Since this "Amazing Spain, Shanghai 2004" event is a forerunner of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, this will reflect on China as a country that supports or even embraces animal cruelty. You may have noticed that the massive poisoning of stray animals in Athens before the opening of the Olympic Games 2004 caused violent protests against and a boycott of these games.

We wish you success with your games in 2008. We urge you to refrain from any (support of) animal abuse that will offend civilized citizens and taint the image of China.

Yours respectfully,

Action Against Poisoning
actionagainstpoisoning.com

Action Against Poisoning fights animal poisoning in particular and supports the development of animal welfare in general. For an actual and concise general motivation for animal protectors we refer to "Spare a thought on our cruelty to animals" by Mohd Idris, at www.rense.com/general42/crueltu.htm


Subject: Mubarak Library Killing

April 22, 2004

To: Ministry of Tourism, Egypt spare@menanet.net

Dear Minister of Tourism,

I am writing to report a horrifying, cruel event that I witnessed today, April 18th between 5:15 and about 5:40 pm. I am an advanced Ph.D. student at Harvard University specializing in the study of Islam, including the Qur'an and Hadith. What I witnessed - the torture and murder of an animal - was completely contradictory to the ideals of Islam. I went with an Egyptian friend to visit the Mubarak library. My friend was justifiably very proud of the Library and wished to show me the library and its lovely courtyard.

At around 5:15, while we were sitting in the courtyard, I noticed a dog leap through the grassy area in front of the door to the library and begin to struggle in some bushes about 15 feet from us. At first, I thought he had only tripped and become entangled in the bushes. But then as I watched him writhing in pain, shaking, and twitching uncontrollably, I knew there was something far more wrong with him. Greatly concerned, I jumped up and told my friend that we must try to help the dog. My friend asked a few men standing nearby - including some apparent library employees - whether they knew what was wrong.

They told her they had poisoned him because he was diseased. When I ran to the dog and started to cry, they said I did not understand. I wanted so badly to hold the dog and make him stop suffering. I told my friend I did not know what to do, that I thought maybe I should give him some water. She convinced me -- wrongly -- that I should not because (somehow) the poison might reach me. I felt very angry at the men, and helpless. We remained there near the dog, watching him as he continued to writhe in pain for many minutes. I was crying with sorrow, frustration, and empathy for this dog. At least twenty minutes passed. We then left because my friend could not handle watching the dog suffer. He was still alive and in agony.

Let me tell you that the men - the employees and maybe even the veterinarian who gave him the poison - stood by without any sign of remorse or pity for the suffering animal. It was as if they do this every day. It was just a job. I will never be able to erase these images from my mind, nor the callousness of the men who did this cruel act. No animal should suffer for this long. I had heard previously from expatriate Egyptians and Americans living in Egypt that Egypt controlled its animal population through massive poisonings and shootings, but I did not fully believe them. Now that I have seen this with my own eyes, I realize the horror of Egypt's methods. Of course Egypt must control its animal population. But why not spaying and neutering like other countries? I wonder: did they give this dog just barely enough poison to kill him? Did they try, in other words, to save a few pounds by giving him cheap poison or very little of it? I know there are quicker ways to put a dog down than this (I also know that this dog was not diseased, but rather a lie to send me away). It is these men - not I - who do not understand the correct state of things. Their methods are cruel and shameful and against the dictates of religion (the Prophet, as we know, praised the woman who gave water to a thirsty dog).

I am writing to you because I hope that you can do something to help the poor animals, including the dogs, of Egypt. I can tell you that no tourist visiting the United States would witness such an act as I did today in as important a place as the Mubarak Library. I will warn anyone I know traveling to Egypt about Egypt's policies regarding its animal population, and suggest that perhaps they should travel elsewhere.

Sincerely,

Sarah Bowen Savant
savant@fas.harvard.edu


Subject: AVIS sponsorship of bullfights in Portugal

To: AVIS Portugal

29 July 2004

Dear Sirs,

Thank you for this clear - and as we trust truthful - answer to our protest, with which you restored the image of Avis.

We surely hope that civilised companies will refrain from showing even a shred of sympathy for any folkloristic activity involving animal abuse.

Yours truly,

Action Against Poisoning
actionagainstpoisoning.com

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29 July 2004

Reply from Avis - sponsorship of bullfights in Portugal

From: "PT Customer service" Customer.service@avis-portugal.pt

In the last few days Avis has received several e-mail messages concerning the sponsorship of bullfights in Portugal.

As a result, Avis Portugal wishes to clarify the following points:

1. It is not Company Policy to sponsor or advertise activities that could in anyway be seen as harmful to animals.

2. As in prior years, Avis Portugal continues to make donations to Casa do Pessoal da RTP, a Radio e Televis„o de Portugal, which by its own initiative and without prior consent from Avis, included the Avis brand in advertising space broadcasted by RTP.

3. We have requested a formal apology from Casa do Pessoal da RTP, for inappropriate usage of the Avis brand without prior permission by ANT and requested the immediate suspension of the site or subsequent legal action by Avis against ANT. This can be confirmed by the effective withdrawal of the ANT site from the Internet and we expect to receive a letter of apology shortly.

4. Avis Portugal confirms its commitment to the "we try harder" ethos in relation to the Community and Environment and does not wish to see its brand name unfairly associated with inappropriate activities in terms of animal rights and protection. Avis confirms that it is not and will not be a sponsor of bullfights.

5. For many years Avis has actively supported several charities, either through donations or logistical support to organisations helping children, elderly and ill people. Examples include the Luis Figo foundation, the Personal House of the National TV, the Association of Lupos, the victims of fire, the Children Foundation, etc.

Avis Portugal.


Subject: Your article on a Ronda bullfight, by Teresa Levonian Cole

To The Financial Times

feedback@customercare.ftdirect.com

The Hague, 18 July 2004

Dear Sirs,

We appreciate the florid and passionate style of Mrs. Cole describing the perfect setting for a "Corrida Goyesca" with its skilful participants. She has the gift to let us see, hear, smell and feel this magnificent event. She has the talent to let us believe that this is an event of pride, courage and honor. It is a happy story, but the subject is not.

The article reflects the schizoid character of the bullfight phenomenon. We cannot fathom a mother commenting on the killing of the bull with "Bulls are like my children. I feel so proud when they are noble and fight bravely."

Although we do not assume that she is actually on the verge of sacrificing her poor children or husband for that matter, such exclamations are scary.

In our view it shows one of the mental deficiencies that occur when animal abuse is wrapped in folkloristic festivals, creating acceptance of violence in an atmosphere of "having a good time". Deficiencies that have led to multiple incidents of violence by people having fun.

Even the most fabulous and artful dancing and stabbing does not justify the torture and subsequent killing of a bull who most likely had never asked to be part of such a performance in the first place.

In short, we would like you to refrain from publishing exalted stories involving animal abuse, especially when that abuse is totally disregarded.

It would be most refreshing and informative if you could feature an article on the merits of intrinsic violent folkloristic expressions.

With kind regards,

Action Against Poisoning
actionagainstpoisoning.com


Subject: dogs are kept amongst zoo animals

To: Sr. Rafael Gonz·lez Gonz·lez, Alcalde
Ayuntamiento de Ayamonte
Plaza de la Laguna s/n
21400 Ayamonte
Esp„na
fax (0034) 959.471320

10 June 2004

Dear Mister Gonz·lez Gonz·lez,

Action Against Poisoning fights animal poisoning in particular and supports animal protection in general.

We, and many tourists with us, like your city very much. During a visit to your zoo in a public park we discovered a cage between the bears and a tiger where abandoned and stray dogs are kept. It could be practical to show lost dogs in a public place where visitors can identify the dogs and their owners. But we would like to express our concern for the fact that pet animals should never be kept near wild animals.

We were informed that these dogs could be collected via the Ayamonte police station. At the police station we were told without further explanation that we could not adopt a dog from the zoo.

Further inquiries taught us that the El Campillo shelter 60 km away in the Rio Tinto region collects the dogs from the zoo on a contract basis.

Allegedly El Campillo kills perfectly healthy and beautiful dogs after two weeks if they are not collected before that time. On 60 km distance it is most unlikely that they will be found and collected by their owners. On top of this we heard of a shelter with a non-killing attitude only 5 km East of Ayamonte.

In summary the factual Ayamonte policy is:
- confining dogs between wild animals
- forbidding the adoption of an abandoned dog
- using a far away killing shelter when a much better alternative is nearby
- choosing for destruction rather than care for animals
Such facts express ignorance if not cruelty and disrespect for animal life and animal protection laws. These facts reflect badly on the image of the city of Ayamonte.

These facts also raise the question why public funds are spent in this destructive way.

And there are other things you should know: By far most tourists have no problem with dogs or cats as they see them as a colorful part of city life. A vaccinate, spay, neuter and release campaign can stabilize your stray dog population.

Adoption or killing gives shelters the room to receive new animals; to keep shelters functional we rather like to see animals leaving shelters alive than dead.

If you wish we would like to help you on these subjects.
For above-mentioned reasons we ask you to treat this letter as a denuncia and urge you to use your powers to:
- close down the dog cage in the Ayamonte zoo
- call on your citizens to take responsibility for their animals and stop dumping them for invalid reasons
- use and support the nearest shelter with a non-killing policy, where your citizens can find their lost animal
- facilitate adoption of stray and abandoned animals
- inform your citizens and the tourists on your policy and procedures
In short, we call on you to spend your public funds on a constructive approach of the stray and abandoned animal problem. And we trust that you will enjoy the positive public relations effects of your new policy. We look forward to your answer.
Yours sincerely,

Action Against Poisoning
actionagainstpoisoning.com


Subject: Thai dog trade meat consumption and fur export

To the Ambassador of Thailand in Belgium

thaibx@pophost.eunet.be

25 May 2004

Your Excellency,

Action Against Poisoning fights animal poisoning and supports animal protection in general.

We consider deliberate poisoning as a cruel, stealthy and cowardly act. We see it as destructive behavior of the lowest level against animal and human life alike. We are aware of the fact that violence against animals paves the way for violence against people. Consequently tolerance for animal abuse in the long term forms a mental health threat and a public order hazard for society. In short, we are convinced that animal protection is an integral part of the fabric of a healthy and strong civilization.

First of all we like to emphasize that we respect and enjoy cultural differences as they reflect the diversity of our planet and bring color to our lives. On our travels we came to appreciate Thailand as a country with lovely people, very good food, a vibrant tolerant lifestyle and an impressive respect for life. We also noticed a striking reverence for the Royal family. Like most travelers we enjoyed our contacts with the gentle and beautiful Thai stray dogs. And we were glad to hear that small scale vaccinate, spay, neuter and release programs were active to control the Thai stray problem.

With these impressions we expected that animals would have a good life in Thailand. This image was affirmed when a good Thai friend sent us a copy of "The Story of Tongdaeng", the Kings adopted pet dog. His Majesty's observations of Tongdaeng reflect a deep understanding of and love for stray animals. His arguments for the adoption of stray dogs as described in the preface are strong, moving and true.

This positive image was recently shattered when we were informed on the Thai dog trade regarding meat consumption and fur export. On top of this we were confronted with poisoning practices as a means of controlling the stray dog problem. We do not elaborate on the towns and regions where these sorts of animal abuse occur as it appears to be a widespread Thai phenomenon.

We categorically disagree with the lame excuse of the killers that stray dogs (and cats for that matter) are a health threat for their illnesses or aggression. As far as transferable diseases or aggression is concerned people are far more dangerous than dogs. Survival training teaches that the licking of "dirty" stray dogs cleans festering wounds and saves human lives. And we have met no aggression of dogs, except when their masters, their territory, their pups or their food were threatened. Very understandable and in all other cases they either were curious and friendly or shy and walking away from us.

We cannot understand how people can kill their most trusting and loyal friends, the dogs. We are sickened by the reported cruel catching and live skinning. We cannot imagine that the majority of the Thai people, let alone their King, would approve of these practices.

We therefore urge you to use your full powers to end any form of animal abuse.

Yours sincerely,
Action Against Poisoning
actionagainstpoisoning.com


Subject: Bramby poisoning in Australia

letter sent 23 May 2004

To the Honorable Bob Carr
Australian Labor Party
Premier of NSW
bob.carr@www.nsw.gov.au
Fax international code 61+2+9349 4594

Dear Mister Carr,

Action Against Poisoning supports animal protection in general and fights animal poisoning in particular. In our view poisoning is cruel, stealthy, cowardly, savage, destructive and indiscriminate.

Those who plan poisoning campaigns or commit the actual poisoning have no idea of the physical and mental damage to animals and people alike. They don¥t see that cruelty towards animals breeds the same attitude towards people. They are not aware that poisoning rebounds in the food chain and they have probably never witnessed their pet dogs die a slow and agonizing poison death. And if they do, they should urgently be admitted to a mental hospital for permanent loving care. We are informed that the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service uses grain bait stations to poison Snowy Mountains Brumbies.

We understand that a program to capture the Brumbies in the Mount Morgan area failed and allegedly bait stations for a wild pig baiting program have been installed. As we hear that no wild pigs but Brumbies and Quoll bushfire survivors are living in that area it seems that not the pigs but the Brumbies are targeted for poisoning. Poisoned bait being a random killer, this policy includes the killing of whatever other wildlife as well. Sickening as all this deliberate destruction of harmless animals is, it also eludes us totally why one would poison wild pigs.

Australian killing fields are quite new to us. We probably are mistaken in our appreciation of this beautiful continent with a high quality of life as is reflected in its efforts in health protection. Poisoning however reflects a total disrespect for life and an alarming lack of foresight.

We urge you to use your powers to stop this killing spree by relieving the responsible executives from their tasks.

Yours sincerely,

Action Against Poisoning
actionagainstpoisoning.com


Subject: lack of animal protection and animal welfare in Brazil

From: Action Against Poisoning
To: Brazilian Authorities ouvidoria@camaracaxias.rs.gov.br
Cc: mpcaxias@mp.rs.gov.br ; redacao@jornalpioneiro.com.br ; ditofeito@saofrancisco.am.br

Sent: Sunday, April 25, 2004 10:18 AM

The Hague - The Netherlands

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

Action Against Poisoning supports animal protection in general and fights animal poisoning in particular.

Having visited South Brazil in March 2004 we were impressed by the gentleness of your citizens, the beauty of nature and the economical progress of your country. Under such circumstances and with all respect for cultural differences we expected the Brazilians to treat their animals better than we have witnessed. We have seen neglected chain dogs and tied horses in the blazing sun without shelter or water.

However we met a few special people showing genuine compassion and love for stray and abandoned animals who changed our sad feelings on animal welfare. After we returned to Holland we were informed on a Brazilian case of - as it appears - abuse and neglect of horses. Which brings us to address you on the item of Brazilian animal welfare.

We expect that you have existing animal protection laws. Consequently we expect that laws are enforced by police forces or special authorities.

It would be wonderful if you have independent animal protection inspectors active where law enforcement has low priority or is lacking.

As it appears such protection has not been given to the horses shown in this case.

We urge you to give more attention and a higher priority to animal protection and animal welfare as it reflects on your civilization. And we beg you to actually put an end to any abuse or neglect of animals that you are informed on.

With due respect,

Action Against Poisoning
actionagainstpoisoning.com


Subject: killing of baby and adult seals in Eastern Canada

Letter sent to canadainternational.gc.ca/feedback-en.asp

17 April 2004

To The Canadian Government

Ladies and gentlemen,

Having Dutch nationality we will never forget the fact that your brave soldiers liberated us from the Nazi oppression and most probably from worse.

As you know we still honour these liberators every year in The Netherlands. We ask you now to set seals free from their hunters. This killing of seals is so barbaric that we cannot believe Canadians to act like this. The fact that (baby) seals eat fish should never be an excuse for misbehaviour or cruelty towards these otherwise quite vulnerable and harmless animals. They are more dependent on that diet than we are. Your children should not be witness and eventually part of this sorry sort of massacre.

So we urge you to use your power and stop the seal slaughter.

We look forward to your reaction.

With due respect,

Action Against Poisoning
actionagainstpoisoning.com


Subject: monitoring of stray round up in ATHENS

Letter sent to: WSPA UK wspa@wspa.org.uk

18 March 2004

Ladies and gentlemen,

We are informed in contradictive ways about the stray dogs in Athens in relation to the 2004 Olympic Games.
The most extensive text [1] reflects the general attitudes around this issue
The next text [2] is an alarm on the handling of strays in the harbour area
The last text [3] is an Olympic Organizing Committee stray plan promising that everything will work out swell for the dogs
It is hard to believe that Greek authorities will execute an ideal program for the stray dogs.
Can WSPA monitor the implementation of that claim and keep us informed?

Action Against Poisoning

[1]

---- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, March 02, 2004
Subject: LETTER/NY Times Sugarcoats Plight Of Greek Strays
Please Cross Post
SOURCE OF INFORMATION:
2004 ATHENS OLYMPICS - GREEK ANIMALS RACE FOR THEIR LIVES
The NY Times recently ran a story based on interviews with Greek government officials, who naturally presented the "politicized" version of Greece's longstanding war on domestic animals. (Times article follows letter).
As most of you know, a crusade to sanitize the streets of Athens in time for the 2004 Olympic Games has left a trail of dogs and cats poisoned in the streets with strychnine, herbicides, pesticides or ground glass. Humane advocates and some conscientious reporters have revealed animals rotting alive in shelters--with maggot-infested wounds, paralyzed limbs, malnourished, sick.
With the approach of the Olympic Games in Athens, the New York Times needs to tell the REAL story, not a fabricated one from government publicists.

LETTER TO USE AS GUIDE FOR WRITING YOUR OWN:
We read, with interest and disappointment, the New York Times article "Pre-Olympic Event: Rounding Up City's Furry Loiterers," by Frank Bruni (February 26, 2004). It appears that local politicians gave Mr. Bruni misleading information regarding the seriousness of the abandoned dog population of Athens, and for that matter, the rest of Greece. While Athens may not be the only European capital with rampant strays, it is the only European Union nation and Western European capital with between 30,000 to 50,000 homeless animals roaming the streets.
On October 1, 2003, Reuters and CNN reported that over 3,000 dogs had been poisoned by "mysterious entities" and dumped in garbage bags. The data was verified by Greek animal advocate Marianna Polichroniadou.
We believe more accurate information could have been obtained if your reporter had also spoken to animal welfare advocates familiar with the stray situation in Athens. Instead, he presented a biased account based solely upon sources with close ties to the Greek government. A paper as reputable as the NY Times should have disclosed the full story.
As Greece steps center stage for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, officials naturally welcome any opportunity to present a compassionate and constructive program. The whole truth would have been more constructive.
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New York Times article, February 26, 2004
Pre-Olympic Event: Rounding Up City's Furry Loiterers
By FRANK BRUNI
ATHENS--As it struggles to complete its odyssey of pre-Olympics primping, this scraggly city finds itself pressed to prove more than its ability to pave roads, plant trees and prettify monuments.
It has to show that it hasn't gone to the dogs.
They are legion, and they are leashless. Strays saunter through public squares, tails wagging or teeth bared, depending on their dispositions and the nearness of meaty alms. Strays flank the gilded portals to fancy boutiques like furry, four-legged doormen with a naked hankering for table scraps.
In an unfortunate, widely publicized incident last summer, one stray bit a Ukrainian archery coach who was in Athens for Olympic test events and out for a run.
The wound was not serious, except to the scruffy image of Athens and its environs, whose caretakers are now trying, in a manner that might well be described as dogged, to tame the situation.
Just a few months ago the national government enacted legislation meant to reduce the stray population by holding Greeks more accountable, with toughened pet registration requirements and stiff fines for abandoning their pets to the streets.
People here apparently do that with some regularity, which city officials describe as the principal source of the problem.
Athens, for its part, is funneling about $2 million this year into new animal shelters, new animal control officers and a major sterilization project. Stray by randy stray, dogs are being rounded up, neutered and then ~ if they are not adopted in two weeks ~ set free to roam anew, but in a less reproductive fashion.
City officials concede that those combined efforts will not work fast enough to make a major difference by the beginning of the Olympic Games on Aug. 13, but they say there may be some benefit.
" The city is trying to change," said Tonia Kanellopoulou, the deputy mayor in charge of managing strays. That has become a specially designated task and nearly full-time job.
Athens is not the only European capital with rampant strays, nor is it the first Olympics host city to have to deal with a dog-related problem before its turn in the international spotlight. Bucharest has long been known for its vagabond canines, and Seoul had to take dog meat off restaurant menus in deference to the sensitivities of many athletes and spectators at the 1988 Olympics.
But the situation in Athens has its own special drama, in part because Greeks exhibit such a broad, complicated range of reactions to the strays in their midst.
Many Greeks not only tolerate but also admire strays for being hearty, against-the-odds survivors, which is the way many Greeks see themselves. But at least a few feel differently, and that conflict in views has bred mysterious deaths, insidious accusations and attention-grabbing antics in faraway locales.
In regard to the latter, an animal rights advocate put on a dog costume and tied himself to a 12-foot cross outside the Greek Embassy in Berlin last December. The advocate was protesting what some animal welfare groups outside Greece said was a mass poisoning of stray dogs and cats that had been ordered by Greek officials who wanted the animals out of the way before the Olympics.
Greek officials denied any such slaughter, and several prominent animal rights advocates here called the charges exaggerated and unsubstantiated.
But they said that a little more than a year ago, as Greece assumed the rotating presidency of the European Union and more foreign dignitaries were due to arrive, dozens of stray dogs and cats went missing from parks and squares that those dignitaries were likely to pass by.
In at least one case, advocates said, carcasses were found, along with containers of poison.
" It was organized," said Carol McBeth, director of the Greek Animal Welfare Fund, referring to the killings. But, Ms. McBeth said, "We knew the city of Athens wasn't involved. We knew the Ministry of Agriculture wasn't involved."
The case was never solved, but the foreign animal welfare groups raised a ruckus, and Greek officials confronted an unexpected public relations nightmare. "This is the most fascinating side of being a mayor," said Mayor Dora Bakoyanni, who took office in January 2003.
" You have the most," she continued ~ and here she stopped the sentence to search for the right adjective ~ "different problems."
Toward the end of last year, Ms. Bakoyanni decreed that while the city would sterilize strays, it would not kill any, not even the sick ones, which would be cared for in shelters and clinics.
Athens is intent on an aura of compassion, and one of Ms. Bakoyanni's aides made a point of mentioning, in an e-mail message, that the mayor's dog, Manga, was a former stray that "seems to believe he's of royal blood and acts as if he is king of the house."
Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, president of the local committee that is organizing the Olympics, said she adopted two female strays last summer. Aphrodite, she said, is a blonde, while Olga is a brunette.
Many other Athenians take assiduous care of the strays in their neighborhoods, giving them food and even, in some cases, flea collars. Most of the animals seem docile and surprisingly well adjusted to life on the streets.
" It's like somebody's just let them out, like they're latchkey dogs", Ms. McBeth said. "Some of them could actually benefit from a diet."
www.nytimes.com/2004/02/26/international/europe/26ATHE.html?pagewanted=print&position


[2]

As reaction on your question: "Can you tell me when exactly did they start the clean up of Athens. And, do you know how many strays were in and around the area. I'm told there were up to 30,000 at one time."

I don't know about that number but I can quote this information on Athens by a direct witness, 17 March 2004:"It is difficult to say as strays are poisoned all over the year, which is there way of regulating birth control!
But it is strikingly worse since summer 2003.
Be informed that a group of strays in Athens, of which was spoken in the newspapers about in September/October, was in fact taken to be sterilised by an animal organisation and brought back to their streets afterwards.
But NOW dogs disappear daily! In the harbour of Keratsini, where formerly it was reasonably quiet if there were not too many, they are fully active now! But there is a good reason for it : Athens lacks good hotels (beds).
What they organised now : they will fill the harbour of Keratsini (the part where they do not load and discharge) fill it totally with cruise ships during the Olympic games.
That means there are a lot of hotels at once.
So total Keratsini is suddenly one big active warf and the dogs are systematically exterminated ! In this pace Athens will indeed be free of stray animals during the Olympic games."

Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 16:27:23 -0000
From The official website of the ATHENS 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games www.athens2004.com/athens2004/page/legacy?lang=en&cid=f718470429149f00VgnVCMServer28130b0aRCRD


[3] Stray Animals

The staging of the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004, is an opportunity for the development of a long-term policy to deal with the phenomenon of strays in the big cities. The Organising Committee for the Olympic Games ATHENS 2004 has taken the initiative to promote dialogue and cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, the municipal authorities, the veterinaries and the SPCAπs, in order to present a common, realistic and effective solution to the issue. All stakeholders presented their initiatives during a press conference held on June 26, 2003 at the ATHENS 2004 headquarters.

All parties involved have rejected euthanasia and have agreed upon the following initiatives:

1. Stray animals will be collected from the wider area of Athens, with the cooperation of the Municipalities and SPCA's.
2. A vaccination and neutering programme will be implemented in cooperation with the Municipalities and the veterinaries.
3. All healthy, vaccinated and neutered animals will be brought back to their natural environment.

These initiatives will be accompanied by an adoption programme, as well as a public awareness campaign. The Hellenic Ministry of Agriculture has already proposed an institutional framework that covers these initiatives and actions taken by several municipalities in the greater Athens area. ATHENS 2004 hopes that this example will be taken upon by other agencies as well, so that the necessary conditions for a long term solution to the issue will prevail even after the Olympic Games.

Also see: Hellenic Ministry of Agriculture, Athens Municipality, Piraeus Municipality, Agia Paraskevi Municipality


Subject: Royal Spanish wedding, bullfight and hunting programmed in celebration.

Letter sent to the Spanish Royal Family, 16 March 2004 to protocolo@casareal.es

The Hague, The Netherlands
16 March 2004

To the Royal Court of Spain

Your Highnesses,

First of all we share your grief for the victims of the train attacks in Madrid on March 11th.

Action Against Poisoning is informed on some aspects of the preparation for the wedding of Prince Felipe. We hope that the Royal Family, their guests and the Spanish people will enjoy a perfect day of joyful celebration that will be a mondial event.

Allegedly bullfights and hunting are part of the program. If this is the case we beg you to refrain from any such festivities that include cruelty towards animals. We hope you can understand that the majority of the people who witness the celebration get deeply hurt by any (formal or folkloristic) ceremonial activity that involves cruelty towards animals.

Festivities in particular do not match with any form of suffering, either from people or animals. For that matter we are convinced that cruelty is picked up easily by children when torture and killing is connected with positive feelings like heroism and joy. Besides that cruelty towards animals is one step away from cruelty towards people.

We hope that your Royal Family will use the wedding of Prince Felipe as an example for Spain and the rest of the world to tilt the balance in well respected folkloristic customs towards a greater respect for animal life.

Yours truly,
Action Against Poisoning
actionagainstpoisoning.com


Subject: SPAIN, EL CAMPELLO - DO NOT KILL THE VICTIMS OF MISMANAGEMENT

Ayto. de EL CAMPELLO
C/. Alcalde Oncina Giner, 1
03560 EL CAMPELLO (Alicante)
Tel.: 0034-965 63 72 00
Fax: 0034-965 63 29 82
campello@touristinfo.net

The Hague, 13 February 2004

Dear Madam Mayor of El Campello,

Action Against Poisoning is informed on the extremely dismal state of the El Galgo Senior Kennel run by Mrs Patricia Osborne in your community.

We will not dwell on the actual situation as we are sure that you are well informed on all relevant details of the sorry state of the dogs and the total lack of care and management by Mrs Osborne.

Never before have we seen or heard of a such a mess. Never before have we received so much accusing information on one single case of massive animal abuse.

As the situation apparently is extremely urgent, and a world wide known disgrace for El Campello, if not for Spain in general, we suppose that you want to act swiftly in the closure of this hell on earth. We beg you not to "solve" the problem by having the victims of mismanagement and neglect killed to complete the story of this animal Treblinka.

On the contrary, please show your compassion by cooperating with trustworthy and professional animal rescue organizations like Scooby and Sighthound Rescue, which are able to rescue and repatriate as many animals as possible. We also trust that you will never ever have any mentally and physically unfit person like Mrs Osborne bear responsibility for any living thing, not even a plant.

Please keep us informed on your actions. We would prefer to publish a positive outcome of this nightmare in our web site.

Yours truly,

Action Against Poisoning
actionagainstpoisoning.com


Subject: ROMANIA - Stray animal problem

To: ioniliescu@presidency.ro premier@gov.ro and prefect@prefecturagorj.ro

Dear Mr President,

The Hague, 17 February 2004

Action Against Poisoning is regularly confronted with incidents of human cruelty towards domestic and stray animals in your country, mostly aimed at dogs. At this moment we are focused on the slaughter in Matasari in the weekend of February 7th 2004, where the Mayor Mr Gaspar Gheorghe obviously sanctioned and encouraged the mass killing. We are saddened by the fact that we have to appeal to you on this subject again. And we are especially disgusted by the fact that allegedly a very influential PSD party member on TV called on all inhabitants of Matasari to pick up clubs, hit the dogs over their heads and kill them all. Such a request may turn all inhabitants into animal abusers and killers and it means that all domestic animals are at risk of being killed as well.

Though we try to understand the economic and cultural background of different societies we cannot fathom the pleasure that people derive from the torturing, killing and even eating of their best and most loyal friend, the dog. We are deeply worried about this cruelty as in our opinion cruelty towards animals reflects an attitude of disrespect for life in general. Disrespect and indifference have a damaging influence on new generations. As you certainly know this is a threat to any society.

We will not again elaborate on the solutions for possible stray animal problems, the repercussions to your country of publicity or our wish to have animal protection laws enforced. We know that you and your advisors have been adequately and thoroughly informed on decent solutions to prevent recurrence of this problem time and again. So we will not repeat all messages that have reached you in this case. But we repeat our plea to stop these practices and to restore respect for animal ≠ and consequently human ≠ life in Rumania.

With kind regards,

Action Against Poisoning
actionagainstpoisoning.com


Subject: THAILAND and VIETNAM - Pest Control, the recurrent global failure

Message sent to the Embassies of Thailand and Vietnam via www.ciwf.nl/vogelpest.html

30 January 2004

After repeated disasters in different regions pest control seems to become a major global failure.

Action Against Poisoning is especially worried about the lack of self regulation regarding livestock breeding, pest control planning, livestock transport and communication. Only recently we witnessed the mass cremation of livestock in a campaign against the spreading of foot and mouth disease.

These images could not withhold parties around the world from denying the problem and continuing the transport until the last moment. These economically motivated postponed actions consequently lead to more animal suffering and greater economical loss. Greedy minds seem to have a very restricted learning capacity.

For these reasons we do not pity the self inflicted financial loss. On the other hand we are devastated by the killing spree under livestock caused by the umpteenth demonstration of lack of human control.

January 2004 a new bird pest is spreading over Asia and threatening to reach the rest of the world.

To contain this problem amongst an Asian society where poultry and people are living together, the killing of the livestock seems to be the only solution available.

Action Against Poisoning is informed by Compassion In World Farming Nederland (see also www.ciwf.co.uk/AvianFlu) on their protest against the current Thai and Vietnamese practice of putting living poultry in bags and burying them alive.

Although we understand the health threat and urgency of the situation, we beg the responsible breeders and authorities to at least pay some respect to the victims of their care and policy by killing their fowl in a decent way.

Above all we hope that the current pest will be contained as soon as possible. We hope that the message gets through that we should at all costs prevent animals from suffering. We hope that this recurring global problem will get more serious attention in the fields of ethics, (veterinary) health care, (third world) agriculture, trade policy and last but not least education.

We ultimately hope that this disaster will lead to the wider understanding that uncontrolled livestock breeding for whatever kind of human" consumption" will backfire on ourselves.

Action Against Poisoning
actionagainstpoisoning.com

(see also www.ciwf.co.uk/AvianFlu, www.ciwf.org and www.ciwf.co.uk )


Subject: STOP CAT POISONING CAMPAIGN IN KFAR SABA

Letter sent to ISRAEL 26 January 2004

Dear Mister,

Action Against Poisoning has been informed by The Cat Welfare Society of Israel (CWSI) that as a result of a single case of cat rabies in Kfar Saba there are plans under way for mass poisoning in that area.

We understand that authorities have confiscated cats from private homes where the family could not prove that their cat was rabies vaccinated.

Allegedly even exclusively indoors living cats that have never ventured outside have been confiscated.

We presume you have noticed the resentment from your citizens to such actions as the alternative could be a well organized effective rabies vaccination campaign for domestic animals, strays and wildlife.

In our view a humane way of killing of animals should only happen as a last resort to a massive health threat.

Poisoning is the most random cruel and agonizing way of killing the targeted animals. Of course it is popular as it is the cheapest, most anonymous and - when you spread it everywhere - surely the most effective method. Why not spread oral rabies vaccine in the same way?

You might forget that poisoning kills or harms every non targeted animal and sometimes children as well. Collateral damage you might say.

While fighting a health threat poisoning leads to a considerable new health threat.

Consequently you have to deal with the outrage and grief of the owners and parents of the victims and numerous witnesses of your poisoning campaign. In short, please refrain from the poison approach. And please keep us informed on your actions.

Yours truly,

Action Against Poisoning
actionagainstpoisoning.com

1. Comments Needed: Israel Cat Welfare Society Battles Against Mass Poisonings.

We support The Cat Welfare Society of Israel (CWSI) which is asking for help in stopping this inhumane campaign.

Source: The Cat Welfare Society of Israel, ellen@bgumail.bgu.ac.il , www.cats.org.il
Animal News Center, www.anc.org/pets/pets_article.cfm?identifier=2004_0122_cwsi
ASPCA, news-alert@aspca.org , 1/22/04
As a result of a single case of rabies in a cat in Kfar Saba, Israel, plans are under way for mass poisonings in the area. is asking for your help in stopping this inhumane campaign. According to CWSI, inspectors have also confiscated pet cats at will from private homes where the family could not prove their cat had a current rabies vaccination.

Even "indoor only" cats who have never ventured outside have been confiscated, they said.

Polite letters are needed to Israeli officials urging them to cancel this plan. CWSI also recommends asking these officials to demand comprehensive oral rabies vaccine campaigns for wildlife and affordable vaccine programs for domestic animals.

CONTACT: (emails working as of 1/22/04)
Mayor of Kfar Saba
Fax: +97297659555
Email: mayor@ksaba.co.il

Danny Naveh, Minister of Health
Email: sar@moh.health.gov.il

Avraham Poraz, Minister of the Interior
Email: sar@moin.gov.il


Subject: MORE BULLFIGHTS IN FRANCE (English and French text)

Letter sent 25 JANUARY, 2004 to French Mayors

Via mairie-aire@wanadoo.fr, communication@ville-ales.net, z.koukas@ville-arles.fr, mairie-bayonne@wanadoo.fr, beaucaire@free.fr, mairie.de.beziers@wanadoo.fr, commune.bougue@wanadoo.fr, mairie.bourgmadame@wanadoo.fr, mairie.captieux@wanadoo.fr, webmaster@carcassonne.org, contact.mairie.caveirac@wanadoo.fr, mairie.cazaubon@wanadoo.fr, mairie.de.ceret@wanadoo.fr, maire@ville-chateaurenard.fr, contact@collioure.net, ville.dax@wanadoo.fr, eauze.mairie@wanadoo.fr, mairie.fontvieille@wanadoo.fr, communedefourques.47@wanadoo.fr, gimont@wanadoo.fr, mairiehagetmau@wanadoo.fr, communication@ville-istres.fr, contact@labrede-montesquieu.com, mairie@ville-lunel.fr, coste@mauguio-carnon.com, mairie@mont-de-marsan.org, maire@ville-nimes.fr, mairie@parentis.com, mairie-rion@wanadoo.fr, mairie-smc@ville-saint-de-crau.fr, stperdon@hotmail.com, mairie.saintsever@wanadoo.fr, contact@mairie-soustons.fr, mairie@tarascon.org, katy.guyot@vauvert.com, villeneuve.mairie@wanadoo.fr aignan@wanadoo.fr

Dear Mayor,

Action Against Poisoning maintains the following general view on bullfights:

We applaud the preservation of European regional cultural heritage. However, we protest against existing folkloric festivities that involve any form of animal abuse. In our view the association of animal abuse and festivities is a hazard to the population. If torture and killing is culturally conceived as a joyful occasion, then animal abuse can be associated with fame and national pride. We have noted that animal molesters tend to violence in general. So in terms of mental health and public order especially a mayor has a potential problem when we promote any form of animal abuse under the disguise of cherished traditions. We should not teach our children that any form of animal torture is normal, leave alone laudable.

We regret the fact that several EU member states have lower standards on animal protection than the more civilized member states.

It is one of the targets of Action Against Poisoning to raise that standard to the highest standard existing within the EU. It is sad enough that some member states persist in the continuation of traditional habits that involve the torture and/or the subsequent killing of animals.

Believing that France was a civilized member state of the EU in October 2003 we were informed on the efforts to stop the reintroduction of bullfighting in Carcassone after a stop of 48 years. However, the judge decided that bullfighting could return to Carcassone "as it had been an uninterrupted tradition" in that city.

This motivation of this devastating verdict is a blatant lie and with that the law is violated. The verdict also violates existing EU animals protection laws. But above all the motivation is a ridiculous argument.

Consequently witch burning, the guillotine and whatever medieval traditions could be reinstated as "uninterrupted traditions".

We are saddened that as mayor of a growing number of bullfight-cities you chose to ignore the average European opinion on animal welfare and the existing animal protection laws within the EU. Please reflect on our arguments against bullfighting and use your influence to stop bullfighting in your community.

Yours truly,

actionagainstpoisoning.com

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Monsieur le Maire,

La position de "Action Against Poisoning" (Action contre les Empoisonnements) sur les corridas est la suivante:

Si nous nous fÈlicitons de la sauvegarde des cultures rÈgionales en Europe, nous protestons contre les festivitÈs folkloriques existantes qui impliquent n'importe quelle forme d'abus envers les animaux.

Selon nous, l'association de mauvais traitements aux animaux et de festivitÈs met la population en danger. Si la torture et le massacre sont culturellement perÁus comme de bons moments, les mauvais traitements aux animaux peuvent Ítre associÈs ‡ la renommÈe et ‡ la fiertÈ nationales. Nous avons remarquÈ que les gens qui font du mal aux animaux tendent ‡ la violence en gÈnÈral.

Un maire peut ainsi se retrouver dans sa ville face ‡ des problËmes de dÈsordres mentaux et de sÈcuritÈ publique quand les mauvais traitements aux animaux sont favorisÈs sous le dÈguisement des traditions apprÈciÈes. Nous ne devrions pas enseigner ‡ nos enfants que la torture des animaux, quelle qu'elle soit, est normale et encore moins louable.

Nous regrettons que plusieurs Etats membres de l'Union EuropÈenne aient des normes infÈrieures sur la protection des animaux que les Etats membres plus civilisÈs. L'un des objectifs de l'Action contre les Empoisonnements est la gÈnÈralisation cette norme au niveau le plus ÈlevÈ existant dans l'Union EuropÈenne. Il est assez regrettable que quelques Etats membres persistent dans ces habitudes traditionnelles qui impliquent la torture et/ou le massacre d'animaux.

PersuadÈs que la France Ètait un Etat civilisÈ de l'UE, nous Ètions au courant des efforts faits en octobre 2003 pour stopper la rÈintroduction de la corrida ‡ Carcassonne aprËs un arrÍt de 48 ans.

Cependant, un juge a dÈcidÈ que la corrida pouvait revenir ‡ Carcassonne "car cela avait ÈtÈ une tradition ininterrompue" dans cette ville.

L'argument de ce verdict dÈvastateur est un mensonge flagrant qui viole la loi. Le verdict viole Ègalement des lois existantes de protection des animaux dans l'Union EuropÈenne.

En consÈquence, croyez-vous que les b˚chers de sorciËres, la guillotine et quelques traditions mÈdiÈvales pourraient Ítre rÈtablies en tant que "traditions ininterrompues"?

Nous nous rattristons que, comme les maires d'un nombre de plus en plus important de villes taurines, vous ayez choisi d'ignorer l'opinion publique europÈenne sur la protection des animaux et les lois existantes de protection des animaux dans l'Union EuropÈenne.

Nous vous demandons de rÈflÈchir ‡ nos arguments contre la corrida et d'employer votre influence pour faire cesser les corridas dans votre commune.

En vous remerciant de l'attention que vous avez portÈ ‡ notre lettre, nous vous prions d'agrÈer nos salutations distinguÈes.

Action Against Poisoning


Subject: ARGENTINA - Poisoning of animals on behalf of the tourist industry in Buenos Aires

Letter sent to the President and other relevant Argentine authorities

President of Argentina Email: WEBMASTER@PRESIDENCIA.GOV.AR
Ministry of Tourism Email: info@turismo.gov.ar
Permanent Mission of Argentina to the United Nations Email: argentina@un.int
Secretariat of Culture & Communication Email: info@correocultura.gov.ar
www.petitiononline.com/ma1c2347/petition.html
www.canadianvoiceforanimals.org/Argentina.html

To The President of Argentina

6 January 2004

Action Against Poisoning is informed on the current poisoning campaign aimed at stray animals on behalf of the Argentine tourist industry. We pity the small minority of tourists who hate animals. These unfriendly people are not able to recognize dogs and cats as a peaceful and natural part of civilization. With that handicap they probably are not able to value their own society, let alone your culture anyway. Although you are better off without such guests, we never heard that animal haters stayed away from tourist spots where stray animals are treated well. On the contrary, most tourists love animals and they enjoy a meeting with a wandering dog or cat. And when you worry about health risks for your beloved tourists, you should rather fear people for spreading diseases than stray animals.

If however you want to control the amount of stray animals we strongly object to poisoning, as this "method" is extremely painful, cruel and indiscriminative. In a stealthy way strays, pets, cattle, protected animals and people fall victim to this most disgusting and degrading way of killing. You may never have seen the horrible sequence of unrest, panic, vomiting, bleeding, spasms, suffocating and final resignation of a poisoned animal. You may have no idea of the agony of the victims or the emotional impact on people who see (their own) animals die this way. We saw the outrage and grief of guests watching 30 animals die around their Tunisian hotel one sunny day in 1985. In effect these witnesses vowed never to return to that country. So it is better to realise that poisoning can strongly backfire on your tourist program.

Stray animals become a problem when they multiply freely and consequently sterilization is the solution. Killing is not a solution as other freely multiplying stray animals will fill the gap at the feeding places. We advise you to control that problem with a "vaccinate, spay, neuter and release" program that returns healthy sterilized stray animals to the spot where they were collected. This way they will keep other strays away and stop multiplying. In short, such a campaign will give you a long term solution to the problem. We realise that such campaigns require a plan, adequate veterinarian care and a proper budget. We also realise that poisoning is cheap and effective on the short term.

And we know for sure that people should not treat their "best friend" the dog so badly. Their loyalty, gentleness and unwavering trust in men is unprecedented. They deserve our protection rather than our cruelty. In our view economic motives should never lead to any form of cruelty. Please be aware that cruelty towards animals evokes cruelty towards people as well. We are not informed on the existence of Argentine animal protection laws. If they exist, as we expect from any civilized country, they should not be violated. For these reasons we urge you to stop poisoning campaigns in Buenos Aires or anywhere else in Argentine immediately.

Yours truly,

Action Against Poisoning
actionagainstpoisoning.com


Subject: USA-Africa - New York Governor Pataki vetoed Bill S.2735a against "canned shooting"

Letter to Governor Pataki sent on 4 November 2003

Phone: 518-474-8390 Fax: 518-474-1513
Email: www.state.ny.us/governor/form.htm , DIVERSE_LIFE@ecoterra.net , fund.org/library/documentViewer.asp?ID=1086&table=documents

To New York Governor
Mister Pataki
Fax 518-474-1513

Dear Mister Pataki,

Action Against Poisoning supports animal protection in general. We are informed that you vetoed bill S.2735a that would have banned "canned shooting".

Although we resent even the fairest kind of hunting as an unequal contest, we are thoroughly disgusted with canned shooting. As far as we know the average hunter views the shooting of a sitting duck as "not done". And so is the killing of protected species. These two ethical and legal aspects are enough to veto this sickening kind of amusement.

Your decision to veto the bill reflects either ignorance of or disregard for the extinction of exotic animals, human ethics, public opinion and the consequences for U.S. foreign relations. Your decision to continue the guaranteed bagging of exotic trophies in foreign countries underlines the current unfavorable image that Americans misbehave wherever and whenever they want.

In short, it makes us foreigners cynical about American politics. As we do not understand why a U.S. governor would follow the lead of the least respectable parties, we ask you: For what reasons do you support canned shooting?

We will publish your answer in our web site, actionagainstpoisoning.com

With kind regards,
Action Against Poisoning



Subject: EU - A majority of the EU Parliament wants to terminate EU subsidies to fighting bull breeders

Letter sent to the European Commission on Wednesday 29 October 2003

To: European Commission and kabinett-fischler@cec.eu.int , sanco-mailbox@cec.eu.int , info@anti-corrida.de , helpline@defra.gsi.gov.uk , eija.hemila@mmm.fi , info@cmlag.fgov.be , fvm@fvm.dk , poststelle@bmvel.bund.de , grand-public@agriculture.gouv.fr , drys@otenet.gr , minister@agriculture.gov.ie , min.agri@ma.etat.lu , infotiek@dv.agro.nl , office@bmlfuw.gv.at , stampa@politicheagricole.it , mipabox@politicheagricole.it , gabinete.ministro@min-agricultura.pt , registrator@agriculture.ministry.se , redazione.web@governo.it , urpdie@governo.it , csansdel@mapya.es

Att. of Commissioner Michel Barnier
Wetstraat 200
B-1049 Brussel
FAX 0032-2.2981599

Subject: Support of the termination of subsidies to fighting bull breeders

Dear Mr Barnier,

Action Against Poisoning already sent you a letter of even tenor regarding the Interreg IIIC project Minotauro. This time we are informed that current subsidies for the breeding of fighting bulls are questioned in the EU Parliament. We strongly support the termination of these subsidies.

Our general view on bullfights is as follows:

We applaud the preservation of European regional cultural heritage. However, we protest against existing folkloric festivities that involve any form of animal abuse. In our view the association of animal abuse and festivities is a hazard to the population. If torture and killing is culturally conceived as a joyful occasion, then animal abuse can be associated with fame and national pride. We have noted that animal molesters tend to violence in general. So in terms of mental health and public order we have a potential problem when we promote any form of animal abuse under the disguise of cherished traditions. We should not teach our children that any form of animal torture is normal, leave alone laudable.

We regret the fact that several EU member states have lower standards on animal protection than the more civilized member states. It is one of the targets of Action Against Poisoning to raise that standard to the highest standard existing within the EU. It is sad enough that some member states persist in the continuation of traditional habits that involve the torture and/or the subsequent killing of animals.

Although we do not seek to undermine feelings of national pride, torture is a violation of existing animal protection laws and an affront to the civilized member states. Consequently we oppose to any kind of EU support for bullfighting, including the breeding of the bulls.

We do not agree with the argument that these bulls have had a wonderful pampered life before they enter the arena. There simply does not exist any excuse for torture even of the shortest duration.

So in our point of view it is unacceptable to support activities that taunt the average European opinion on animal welfare and the existing animal protection laws within the EU. Let the EU terminate any support of activities, including the breeding of fighting bulls, that maintain or promote cruel traditions in Europe.

Please hand this letter to the relevant decision makers.

Yours truly,

Action Against Poisoning


Subject: China - Appeal to stop bear farming 'bile bears'

Letter sent to the Chinese Ambassador in Australia on Thursday 30 October 2003

www.animalsasia.org/beInformed/cbRescue/cbp001.html

His Excellency Ambassador Mr Wu Tao
Embassy of the People¥s Republic of China
15 Coronation Drive
Yarralumla ACT 2600
AUSTRALIA

30 October 2003

Dear Ambassador Wu Tao,

With Chinese friends we visited your beautiful country in 1999. As we do not master your language we were limited in our communications. However, with mutual respect and understanding for our cultural differences we had open discussions about our experiences in China including Hong Kong. In short, we were impressed by the technical progress and the friendliness we met in the different parts of China.

Action Against Poisoning supports the welfare of animals in general and particularly aims at the prevention of poisoning, which we see as one of the worst offences towards animals. Last year we were informed on the efforts of the European Union to stop the maltreatment of 'bile bears' in China and more recently IAKA got our attention on the same matter.

As their letter to you expresses perfectly our view and approach on this issue we copy their format. We simply could not write a better letter.

We would like to express both our concern over the deplorable practice of bear farming and our sincerest appreciation to the Government authorities in China for their admirable work towards eliminating such a practice.

The agreement between the Animals Asia Foundation, the China Wildlife Conservation Association (CWCA) and the Sichuan Forestry Department (SFD), to rescue 500 suffering and endangered Moon Bears, is one of the most remarkable and significant steps ever taken to address the welfare of individual animals, as well as the conservation of a species as a whole and we applaud their efforts wholeheartedly.

In recent years China has experienced dramatic change and growth in all arenas, which has led to an increased interest in business investments and tourism opportunities from the international community. As the spotlight continues to shine on China in the lead up to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, it would seem only natural that these advances should extend to ending such medieval and disgraceful practices as bear farming which have no place in our civilized world.

We implore you to add your voice and encouragement to the growing call from within China and right across the world, to end bear farming. Please alert your government to the good work of Animals Asia, the CWCA and SFD and pass on our congratulations for their endeavors to end such unnecessary suffering once and for all.

Yours respectfully,

Action Against Poisoning
actionagainstpoisoning.com


Subject: HOLLAND - A number of Members of Dutch Parliament demand that animal welfare activists will be prosecuted as terrorists.

Letter sent to The Members of the Dutch Parliament on Monday 13 October 2003

The Hague, 13 October 2003

To the Members of the Dutch Parliament

Lange Poten 4 Postbus 20018
2500 EA Den Haag
The Netherlands
fax 0031 (0)70 318 2234

Ladies and gentlemen,

Action Against Poisoning fights animal poisoning in particular and supports the development of animal welfare in general. For an actual and concise general motivation for animal protectors we refer to "Spare a thought on our cruelty to animals" by Mohd Idris ( rense.com/general42/crueltu.htm or www.malaysiakini.com/letters/200310030035396.php ).

We took note of the intention of a number of MP¥s to put active animal protectors under anti-terrorist legislation. We are surprised by this initiative as our current penal code deals with crimes whether or not committed by activists, which we reject categorically anyway. It eludes us which specifically by animal activists committed crime would escape our penal code. Let us draw a parallel between the welfare of men and animals.

Advancement of the welfare of "the Dutchmen" consequently leads to active measures against actual maltreatment or other forms of interference with that welfare. Thanks to multiple incidents of `senseless¥ violence we know where passivity leads to and our fellow citizens are called upon to perform a more active role in the combat to stop it. On the analogy of human welfare, the advancement of animal welfare leads to active measures against animal maltreatment and interference with animal welfare as well. Obstruction of these animal protective actions evokes questions: Why the paradoxical difference in view on the welfare of men and animals? Which MP¥s gain from the criminalization of animal protectors and why? Are offenders of animal protection laws protected? In short, what political or social interest is involved?

When active interference with animal welfare is labeled as terrorism, it is an absurd stigmatization of the most active "terrorists" amongst us: the animal protection inspectors. We call upon you to forestall further elaboration of this mental error, that is also detrimental to our image internationally, and to stop any further discredit of legal actions on animal protection.

But above all ≠ which is much more important than all the foregoing ≠ we call upon you to protect and improve the legislation on animal welfare and animal protection.

We regret the apparent crumbling away of our animal loving attitude and laboriously constructed laws during the current government period.

With best regards,

Action Against Poisoning

www.actionagainstpoisoning.com


Subject: THAILAND - Ongoing slaughter of dogs for human consumption in Thailand

Letter sent to the Government of Thailand on Monday 13 October 2003

webmaster@moac.go.th , info@dld.go.th , webmaster@health.moph.go.th , somlak@hotmail.com , prdiv3@tat.or.th, govspkmn@mozart.inet.co.th, anek@thaigov.go.th , loyleuan@thaigov.go.th

Dear Sirs,

Action Against Poisoning is informed on the ongoing slaughter of dogs for human consumption in Thailand. We understand that adverse economic situations create initiatives that should not have arisen under better circumstances.

However, with all respect for cultural variety in feeding habits and attitude towards animals, we do object to the inherent insanity and cruelty involved in the selecting, collecting, transport, killing and skinning - or worse: skinning and killing. We need not go into details as we presume that you are well informed on them. For these reasons alone this mentally and physically unhealthy practice should be banned. Besides that it is hard for us to understand how people can treat their " best friend" the dog so badly. Their loyalty, gentleness and unwavering trust in men is unprecedented. They deserve our protection rather than our cruelty. In our view economic motives or a generally laudable cultural tolerance might never lead to any form of cruelty. Accordingly existing animal protection laws should not be violated, or softened, leave alone revoked.

Please be aware that cruelty towards animals evokes cruelty towards people. From our personal experience we know Thailand as probably the most peaceful Asian society. We ask you to keep up to this standard and promote education and legislation to finish this trade.

Yours truly,

Action Against Poisoning
actionagainstpoisoning.com


Subject: SRI LANKA - Stray round-up before the planned Cricket Tournament in Kandy

Letter sent to the Government of Sri Lanka on Saturday 18 October 2003

To Prime Minister Mr. Ranil Wickramsinghe, Sri Lanka

To Mr.W.J.M Lokubandara

And to all who this may concern

Dear Mister Wickramsinghe,

Action Against Poisoning supports the improvement of animal welfare in general and fights animal poisoning in particular. We were informed on the fact that in the Kandy region of Sri Lanka authorities chose for a humane approach of the stray animal problem, as we understand through the help of the University and Mrs Zellweger's organization. We were delighted with this vision, that protects strays with a sound health and protection plan, of enlightened authorities.

By now we are to understand that the approaching cricket tournament in Kandy has turned this laudable vision into a destructive action aimed at the killing of the same stray population. With all respect for financial, organizational and bureaucratic limitations of a country we cannot understand why a civilized low cost program is abandoned for a killing policy.

If indeed this change in policy was inspired by fear of the authorities of embarrassing the foreign visitors with the stray animal population, we ask you to take into consideration the following: Most foreign visitors are animal lovers who like to meet even dirty or sick cats and dogs, rather than visit an obviously temporarily sterilized city where strays have been wiped out. Most animal lovers even tend to spend money on the care for animals in need.

The civilization of a society is measured by the attitude towards and treatment of its (especially stray) animals as performed by its citizens and its animal welfare organizations. It is better to show your animal protection efforts to the public, than to frustrate and deny them. On these themes publicity can make or break the image of Kandy and Sri Lanka. In short, no one likes to visit the killing fields of Kandy.

We call upon you to turn the tide immediately on behalf of the animals and the continuation of the planned cricket games. Instead of evoking a boycott, why not use the tournament to raise financial support for the ongoing good work for these stray animals in Kandy?

With kind regards,

Action Against Poisoning
actionagainstpoisoning.com

Send protest letters to:

To: prime_minister@sltnet.lk
CC: buddhasasana@eureka.lk , bbc@sri.lanka.net , gamini@unl.upali.lk


Subject: JAPAN - Plans for a Dolphin Healing Center in Sanuki

Letter sent to Japanese authorities on Friday 26 September 2003

To: Mr. Shinya Akazawa, Mayor of Sanuki city, & Machidukuri-suishin-ka
Fax:+81-87-894-4440
E-mail:hisyo@m.sanuki.ne.jp

Dear Mister Shinya Akazawa,

Action Against Poisoning objects to any form of animal abuse in general and animal poisoning in particular.

We are informed on plans for a so called Dolphin Healing Center in Sanuki. Allegedly this will include an experiment to test if dolphins can survive in adverse environmental conditions.

If this is true, then the name Healing Center is misleading as far as the health of the dolphins is concerned. Although we keep a keen eye on amusement purposes for the use of dolphins, we do appreciate the healing effects of contact with dolphins for people with slight or severe mental problems.

If the last is your purpose, we applaud that initiative, provided the fact that the dolphins are held in only the best environmental circumstances. If however this is not the case - as we fear - we request you to stop the Dolphin Healing Center initiative.

Yours truly,

Action Against Poisoning
actionagainstpoisoning.com


Subject: GREECE - Compliments to OIKO for their article against hunting

Letter sent to Greece on Friday 26 September 2003

To: Greece OIKO editor@kathimerini.gr
Greece OIKO - Kathimerini syntaxi@kathimerini.gr
Greece argos animal welfare argos@spark.net.gr

Subject: Thanks

Dear Mr Tsichlias,

Although we have not read "the OIKO article against hunting" (we have only seen the cover) the fame of the makers has spread around the world.

Action Against Poisoning fights the poisoning of animals and supports animal protection in general. As we have had bad experiences with poisoning of stray and domestic animals by hunters we are applauding your effort to stop this unfair kind of amusement with its criminal side effects.

We are amazed that hunters are so afraid of their game that they even wear camouflage suits. We would welcome the day when hunters - and bullfighters for that matter - would discover the meaning of ¥sport¥ and ¥fair game¥ and go for their colleagues.

Anyway, we greatly admire your courage and support your effort to change the public opinion in one of the most traditional hunting areas.

Thanks a lot to all who did this article!

Action Against Poisoning
actionagainstpoisoning.com


Subject: PORTUGAL - Sponsoring Down Syndrome patients by bullfight

Letter sent to APPT21, Portugal on Friday 13 June 2003

AssociaÁ„o Portuguesa de Portadores de Trissomia 21
Rua Dr. JosÈ Espirito Santo, Lote 49, Loja 1
1900-672 Lisboa
TEL 00 351 21 837 16 99,
FAX: 00 351 21 837 17 12

E-mail: appt21@net.sapo.pt

13 June 2003

Ladies and gentlemen,

We were informed that you are staging a bullfight in Setubal on July 5 to sponsor your work on behalf of people with the down syndrome.

We applaud your work as we know that - although the acceptance of and care for people with the down syndrome has greatly improved - there is much to be done yet.
However, we are saddened by the fact that you have chosen for a bullfight as it reflects the opposite of your goal: protecting the vulnerable.

So far we have not heard of any welfare fund that collects its money by torturing animals. Apart from this ethical aspect we thought that bullfights are illegal in Portugal.
We hope that you are not inviting people with the down syndrome to attend bullfights and warming your gentle clients to the art of torture and subsequent killing. They probably are too gentle and caring to take to it.

Anyway, we hope to have made it clear that welfare and loving care are totally incompatible with the abuse of animals. Where your association tries to improve the mental attitude towards your clients, we see cruelty towards animals as a growing mental health threat.
So please refrain from this intended bullfight on the 5th of July before you do considerable harm to the good cause in general and your organisation especially.

Yours sincerely,

Action Against Poisoning
actionagainstpoisoning.com


Subject: CANADA - At this very moment harp seals continue to be ruthlessly slaughtered on Canada's east coast"

Letter sent to Canadian authorities on Tuesday 11 March 2003

Letter sent to the Canada's Prime Minister as a reaction on:

"Seals CANADA: At this very moment harp seals continue to be ruthlessly slaughtered on Canada's east coast"

Subject: ANIMAL ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH

To: Hon. Mr. Jean Chretien, Prime Minister of Canada; Hon. Mr. Robert Thibault, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans;Hon. Mr. David Anderson, Minister of the Environment; Canadian Representatives Abroad; major Canadian media

Our organization Action Against Poisoning is informed on the increase of the Canadian quota for seals to be killed in 2003 as seals are blamed for the decrease in the cod catch. We are informed that overfishing rather than the feeding habit of seals is the cause of the decrease in the cod population. In short, twisted economical motives will lead to a further decrease of the seal population and an increase of cruel slaughtering of young animals.

Again animal welfare has rock bottom priority in government policy. It is saddening and amazing that a civilized society like Canada is the culprit in massive animal abuse. Especially when this slaughter is executed amongst " sitting ducks", the most cowardly and sickening form of hunting we can imagine. What kind of personality isrequired to clobber helpless animals to death? What respect deserve such husbands, fathers or sons?

We advise you to consider the effect of this practice, not only for the image of Canada and tourism, but also for the mental health of your citizens who are involved or confronted with legalized massacre.

To stress this point we also advise you to read "Eternal Treblinka", subtitled "Our treatment of animals and the holocaust", by Charles Patterson, ISBN 1-930051-99-9.

We urge you to stop the seal hunt.

Yours Sincerely,

Action Against Poisoning Europe
actionagainstpoisoning.com


Subject: CORFU - Round-up campaign to remove stray animals from the streets of Corfu

Letter sent to Greek authorities on Monday 5 May 2003

Mayor of Corfu, Alexandros Mastoras; fax no. 26610 32779

May 5th 2003

Dear Mister Mastoras,

For most visitors and tourists stray animals are a colorful part of a local scenery, mirroring the tolerance and kindness of a people. The fishermans town of Alhao in the Portuguese Algarve is a good example. Many inhabitants care for the stray animals who lead their lives in parks and squares without causing any problem to public life. These caring Olhanense inhabitants and their visitors know that well treated stray animals are very friendly to everybody. The non-existence of a stray problem is not a denial of a "problem", but an understanding of the relationship between manís best friends and the people. In short: most tourists love animals and the few visitors who dislike animals tend not to be your most beloved guests anyway.

We are informed that you are one of the authorities involved in a round-up campaign to remove stray animals from the streets of Corfu and collect them in the Tsagaraki shelter. A round-up campaign invariably leads to an overload on even the best shelter, causing suffering and killing of the animals involved. We are informed that this Tsagaraki shelter does not meet any of the minimal EU quality standards for animal care. Consequently the stray animals of Corfu are in grave danger.

Our organization Action Against Poisoning is extremely worried about the implicit cruelty to the animals that is unbecoming to the civilized Greek culture. Please do not degrade this image to the world. Tourists especially dislike any action that harms cats and dogs, which are common domestic animals to them. As an alternative a "vaccinate, spay, neuter and release" campaign for stray animals could control your problem in a friendly and respectful way. Alas, this is a long term solution and we are saddened by the fact that usually an easy cruel short term policy is chosen. Saddened also as we know that this policy will be repeated again and again as it will not improve the situation in the long run.

Regarding your stray animal problem Action Against Poisoning urges you to choose for the long term solution of a "vaccinate, spay, neuter and release" campaign, using the aid of local citizens who care about the fate of stray animals on your lovely island. Why such a campaign? With vaccination, sterilization and release a healthy and stable population of stray animals is obtained. Sterilization prevents the population to grow; release prevents other/new animals to take their place in the existing local food chain; vaccination guarantees the health of the animals and the public health. A stable and happy stray population and caring people who know them live in harmony at ease.

What about the costs of such a campaign? The release of vaccinated and sterilized animals relieves the shelters. The budget for the miserable "imprisonment" in the shelter can be put to better use for a happy life outside for the treated stray animals.

So please choose a strategy that will save the lives of animals. Your caring attitude towards living creatures will command the respect of your citizens and visitors alike.

Yours truly,

Action Against Poisoning
actionagainstpoisoning.com


Subject: AUSTRALIA - Dog exporter sends dogs to Asian destinations where their fate is insecure.

Letter sent to this Australian exporter on Wednesday 2 April 2003

via email scott@jetpets.com.au

DATE: 2 April 2003

Dear Mr. Scott,

We are informed that you are a main exporter of dogs to Asia.

Please be very careful about sending dogs to destinations where their fate is insecure.

As "men¥s best friends" not only the pedigrees but all dogs deserve a life in harmony with their nature. In our view they should not be abused for any reason. For instance, if people love racing it is fine if they wear themselves out or even kill themselves to reach the top. It is silly but OK if it is their own choice.

Not so for dogs as inconsiderate and greedy behavior of their owners often leads to abuse, abandonment or premature death. In short: a horrible life. We need not go into any details of the suffering of dogs that get into the wrong hands, as we are sure that you are well aware of Asian standards of animal treatment.

So please refrain from sending dogs to destinations where they will meet an early and cruel death.

Yours sincerely,

ACTION AGAINST POISONING
actionagainstpoisoning.com


Subject: ALASKA - About half of the Iditarod sled race dogs do not reach the finish line.

Letter sent to CNN on Tuesday 11 March 2003

To the President of CNN:

Email: jim.walton@cnn.com

Date: 11th March 2003

Dear Mr. Walton:

We hope you understand the influence of CNN on the people especially the children. You give attention to the Iditarod dog sled race on your web site. Please, give your readers and viewers the animal protection side of the Iditarod story. In contrary to what this article claims now, Iditarod race rules do not promote the safe treatment of dogs. On average, 50% of the dogs who start the race cannot make it across the finish line.

Unlike many dog sled races in the United States, the Iditarod does not ban the use of whips. Iditarod rules do not require vets to give the dogs physicals at the checkpoints. In fact, many mushers breeze through many of the checkpoints so that the dogs only get visual checks, if that. The Iditarod rules do not require sick and injured dogs to be under a vet's care. Many sick and injured dogs are sent to a prison to be cared for by inmates and receive no veterinary care. In the 2001 Iditarod, a sick dog was sent to this prison, was chained up in the cold, and died.

Mushers treat their dogs abominably. In the Iditarod, dogs are forced to run 1,150 miles over a grueling terrain in 8 to14 days, which is the approximate distance between Atlanta and Portland, Maine. Dog deaths and injuries are common in the race. USA Today sports columnist Jon Saraceno called the Iditarod "a travesty of grueling proportions" and "Ihurtadog." Fox sportscaster Jim Rome called it "I-killed-a-dog." Orlando Sentinel sports columnist George Diaz said the race is "a barbaric ritual" and "an illegal sweatshop for dogs." USA Today business columnist Bruce Horovitz said the race is a "public-relations minefield."

Please visit the Sled Dog Action Coalition (SDAC) (www.helpsleddogs.org) website to see pictures, and for more information. Be sure to read the quotes on www.helpsleddogs.org/remarks.htm. At least 119 dogs have died in the Iditarod. There is no official count of dog deaths available for the race's early years. Causes of death have also included strangulation in towlines, internal hemorrhaging after being gouged by a sled, liver injury, heart failure, and pneumonia. "Sudden death" and "external myopathy", a fatal condition in which a dog's muscles and organs deteriorate during extreme or prolonged exercise, have also occurred. The 1976 Iditarod winner, Jerry Riley, was accused of striking his dog with a snow hook (a large, sharp and heavy metal claw). In 1996, one of Rick Swenson's dogs died while he mushed his team through waist-deep water and ice. The Iditarod Trail Committee banned both mushers from the race but later reinstated them. In many states these incidents would be considered animal cruelty. Swenson is now on the Iditarod Board of Directors.

Tom Classen, retired Air Force colonel and Alaskan resident for over 40 years, tells us that the dogs are beaten into submission: "They've had the hell beaten out of them." "You don't just whisper into their ears, "OK, stand there until I tell you to run like the devil"." They understand one thing: a beating. These dogs are beaten into submission the same way elephants are trained for a circus. The mushers will deny it. And you know what? They are all lying." - USA Today, March 3, 2000 in Jon Saraceno's column.

Beatings and whippings are common. Jim Welch says in his book "Speed Mushing Manual", "I heard one highly respected [sled dog] driver once state that "Alaskans like the kind of dog they can beat on". "Nagging a dog team is cruel and ineffective... A training device such as a whip is not cruel at all but is effective." "It is a common training device in use among dog mushers... A whip is a very humane training tool". Mushers believe in "culling" or killing unwanted dogs, including puppies.

Many dogs who are permanently disabled in the Iditarod, or who are unwanted for any reason, are killed with a shot to the head, dragged or clubbed to death. "On-going cruelty is the law of many dog lots. Dogs are clubbed with baseball bats and if they don't pull are dragged to death in harnesses....." wrote Alaskan Mike Cranford in an article for Alaska's Bush Blade Newspaper (March, 2000).

Jon Saraceno wrote in his March 3, 2000 column in USA Today, "He [Colonel Tom Classen] confirmed dog beatings and far worse. Like starving dogs to maintain their most advantageous racing weight. Skinning them to make mittens. Or dragging them to their death."

The race has led to the proliferation of concentration-camp-like dog kennels in which the dogs are treated very cruelly. Many kennels have over 100 dogs and some have as many as 200. It is standard for the dogs to spend their entire lives outside tethered to metal chains that can be as short as four feet long. In 1997 the United States Department of Agriculture determined that the tethering of dogs was inhumane and not in the animals' best interests. The chaining of dogs as a primary means of enclosure is prohibited in all cases where federal law applies. A dog who is permanently tethered is forced to urinate and defecate where he sleeps, which conflicts with his natural instinct to eliminate away from his living area. Because he is close to his own to his own fecal material, a dog can easily catch deadly parasitical diseases by stepping in or sniffing his own waste.

Please inform your readers and viewers wider about this abusive race.
Sincerely,

Action Against Poisoning, Europe
actionagainstpoisoning.com


Subject: EUROPEAN UNION - Protest against bull fight subsidies "Interreg IIIC project Minotauro"

Letter sent to the European Commission on Wednesday 5 February 2003

To: European Commission

Den Haag, February 5th 2003

Att. of Commissioner Michel Barnier
Wetstraat 200
B-1049 Brussel
FAX 0032-2.2981599
Subject: Interreg IIIC project Minotauro

Dear Mr Barnier,

We are informed that the EU provides subsidies for regional cultural and economic development. We understand that within this frame of reference a request for subsidy for Project Minotauro has been submitted. We applaud the preservation of European regional cultural heritage. However, we protest against existing folkloric festivities that involve any form of animal abuse, leave alone the development of new activities of that kind. In our view the association of animal abuse and festivities is a hazard to the population.

If torture and killing is culturally conceived as a joyful occasion, then animal abuse can be associated with fame and national pride. We have noted that animal molesters tend to violence in general. So in terms of mental health and public order we have a potential problem when we promote any form of animal abuse under thedisguise of cherished traditions. We should not teach our children that any form of animal torture is OK.

We regret the fact that several EU member states have lower standards on animal protection than the more civilized member states. It is one of the targets of Action Against Poisoning to raise that standard to the highest standard existing within the EU. It is sad enough that some member states persist in the continuation of traditional habits that involve the torture and/or the subsequent killing of animals.

Whatever the concerned regional authorities think, torture is a violation of existing animal protection laws and an affront to the civilized member states. So in our point of view it is unacceptable to support an interregional project that taunts the average European opinion on animal welfare and the existing animal protection laws within the EU. Minotauro will not contribute to a better Europe. Let the EU not be the instrument that promotes, endows and excuses the spreading of cruel traditions over Europe.

Please hand this letter to the committee that evaluates the Minotauro project.

Yours truly,

Action Against Poisoning


Subject: FRANCE - Novillada - young spectators learn to play bullfights with calves

Letter sent to the Mayor of Carcassonne on Saturday 24 August 2002

To: Monsieur Raymond ChÈsa, Maire de Carcassonne:

Dear Mr ChÈsa,
Although Action Against Poisoning especially fights poisoning it also opposes any other form of cruelty towards animals. We support every initiative to stop events that - in a perverse way - transform a cowardly ritual of torture and killing into a festive folkloristic activity. We are aware that it is very hard to stop folkloristic festivals once they are established. So we try to contain this plague to Spain but we are saddened to see that more civilized European countries like Portugal and France are susceptible to it.

We are informed that a "novillada" - where young spectators learn to play bullfights with calves - is planned in your town Carcassone to take place on September 1st 2002. If this is true it marks a dark page in the history of French civilization as such a 'festival' will even exceed the barbarism of the infamous Spanish bullfights.

Please take note why we are concerned about this development:
As mayor of an European city you will be aware of the aggressive behaviour of people who act out their frustrations on your society in the most violent or damaging ways. You know that these people are a burden to your citizens, your police forces and your (mental) health system. We suppose you also know that people who kill animals for fun have a very limited respect for life in general and can be classified as mentally deranged.

We can not imagine that you welcome an extra influx of children who are ignorantly or deliberately trained - under your supervision and responsibility as mayor of Carcassone - to become violent citizens. If you take this responsibility, please be so kind to keep these new citizens in your city and cope with the consequences in the future. Additionally, we advise you to beef up your police forces and your (mental) health system.

And we will advise people to stay away from Carcassone. Anyway, although we are upset we will not end our plea in a harsh way. We count on your responsibility for your citizens. We expect that you will stop this 'primeur' of a "novillada". Furthermore, please help the people who have dreamed up this sick idea: put them in the loving care of a good mental hospital. We thank you for taking the right decision.

Yours truly,

Action Against Poisoning, The Hague
actionagainstpoisoning.com


Subject: FRANCE - Keep bullfights out of France

Letter sent to French authorities on Tuesday 14 May 2002

To: Mr. Philippe Douste Blazy
PrÈsident de la CommunautÈ de Toulouse

Mr. Nicolas Biscaye
PrÈsident de AFIPA
12 bis Rue des Coquetiers
11400 Castelnaudary

Subject: Bullfights

Dear Mr Douste Blazy,

As you can see in our web site, actionagainstpoisoning.com, we are confronted with extreme cases of cruelty to animals. It is obvious to us that any mistreatment of animals is unacceptable. We are especially concerned when cruelty to animals is an expression of folkloristic festivities like bullfights.

When public harassing, torturing and eventually killing of an animal is part of recreation or ΩfunÖ, cruelty is accepted and even applauded. Applause is in total conflict with animal protection laws. Public approval of cruelty to animals - for that reason alone - is most degrading for adult people and a horrible example of human behavior for their children.

We are convinced of the relation of cruelty to animals and cruelty to people. So for more than one reason bullfights should be banned.

We urge you to stop the import of this "game" to France. It is bad enough that other countries are addicted to this sad and silly pastime. Please keep it South of the Pyrenees and out of your beautiful Haute-Garonne!

With kind regards,

Action Against Poisoning


Subject: AFGHANISTAN - Animal poisoning in the streets of Kabul to root out rabies

Letter sent to the President of the U.S.A. on Monday 5 February 2002

To the President of the U.S.A.
president@whitehouse.gov

Dear Mister Bush,

In the night of January 31st 2002 Dutch TV news showed the poisoning of stray dogs in the Afghan capital Kabul. The poisoning of all (!) dogs is done to root out rabies amongst dogs in Kabul. In the pictures an Afghan man put a white powdery poison in meat and fed this meat by hand to an obviously friendly golden retriever. In the last pictures the dead victims were piled up.

We expected that the war should be over by now but we are distressed to see that the killing goes on. In this case it concerns the elimination of feral and domestic dogs. We suppose that vaccination was not considered as poisoning is cheap. On the other hand we do not expect that rabies vaccines are available in a destroyed city.

Poisoning is one of the most barbarian, painful and cruel ways of killing. It is sad to see this killing as - in the showed footage - these dogs showed no rabid behavior at all.

Anyway, a people that is in the process of restoring its civilization should not kill its animals. With your contacts within the Afghan leadership we urge you to stop this massacre. Please provide the Kabul authorities with rabies vaccines and the means to apply them before the genocide on "man's best friend" has been completed. Only when we restore respect for life we might expect a lasting peace.

We thank you for all you can do in this case,

Action Against Poisoning


Who can possibly know better about poisoning than a seasoned veterinarian who assisted in numerous cases? Please read his statement in Portuguese or English... and other people's stories.