DawnWatch: Groundbreaking lawsuit for chimp legal personhood in NY Times 12/3/13
Today I get to share welcome news, covered in the Science section of the New York Times in an article titled: "Rights Group is Seeking Status of Legal Person for Captive Chimpanzee."
Reporter James Gorman opens with:
"Chimpanzees are not peop...
DawnWatch: Hollywood Reporter (plus CNN & NPR): "Animals Were Harmed" 12-6-13 edition
Most of you know that last week I was totally immersed in turkey rescue. I am delighted to share with you that Anne and Jessica Turkey got some great media, including a positive report on Fox Business News Network and my first blog for the Huffington Post ...
2nd CORRECTION! Turkey rescue video is up! Meet Anne and Jessica 11/25/13
(I am so embarrassed -- and clearly under too much pressure. My first alert did not link to an Animal Place fundraising page where it said it would but instead back to the video. Then I tried to correct it and instead sent a Farm Sanctuary fundraising page...
CORRECTED! Turkey rescue video is up! Meet Anne and Jessica 11/25/13
(My previous alert did not have the correct fundraising page and I would so like to help Animal Place that I hope you will forgive me for resending http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/karendawn/farmsanctuaryturkeyhouse )
DawnWatch: Turkey rescue video is up! Meet Anne and Jessica 11/25/13
It's turkey rescue season! Those of you who have been receiving DawnWatch for some time are familiar with my annual turkey rescue. I am terribly late getting the video out this year, but I hope your meeting with Anne and Jessica turkey, named after vegan b...
DawnWatch: "Organic sellout" covered in US's fifth largest paper, the San Jose Mercury News 11/7/13
Here's a good one to share with anybody who thinks they are helping the animals by eating organic animal products: The San Jose Mercury News, the daily paper with the fifth highest distribution in the country, has published a piece (Thursday, November 07)...
DawnWatch: Front page Washington Post on "bird abuse" 10/30/13
While it announces bad news for animals, the placement of this headline on the front page of today's Washington Post (Wednesday, October 30) is good news indeed: "USDA plan to speed up poultry-processing lines could increase risk of bird abuse." The egregi...
DawnWatch: Ghosts in Our Machine premieres in November! 11/8 and 11/15
A gorgeous new film, "Ghosts in Our Machine" will have its New York and Los Angeles premieres on November 8 and November 15 respectively. I feel so honored to have been asked to moderate the Los Angeles November 15, Q&A with director Liz Marshall and photo...
DawnWatch: Egg cruelty on Forbes.com and Canada's CTV news show, W5. 10/19 -- 10/23/13
Egg cruelty has made big news over the last week. Canada's most popular magazine show, w5, aired a shocking egg farm expose. Then Forbes magazine printed two pieces: one, by James McWilliams, lets us know that small egg farms are not the answer; the other ...
DawnWatch: Blackfish airs on CNN Thurs -- Don't miss it! 9pm 10/24/13It is the night we have been waiting for. CNN will air Blackfish, tomorrow night, Thursday October 24, at 9pm ET/PT (also 6pm PT). Get the popcorn ready and invite your friends over -- or set your DVRs now and have them over on the weekend. (Ratings are still counted for recorded shows that are watched within three days.) Blackfish is an engrossing film that looks at the story behind the killing of the SeaWorld trainer, Dawn Branchau, by the Orca, Tilikum. Here's the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G93beiYiE74 I look forward to seeing the impact that airing this film for a wide audience will have on SeaWorld. CNN is actively looking for our thoughts on the issue, so please get involved. The network writes: "It's a controversial subject and we'd like to hear your thoughts. 'Blackfish' filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite and SeaWorld trainer Kim Ashdown will answer your questions on CNN's Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/events/422243567880804 , Thursday at 1 p.m. ET. "Join the conversation with the film's producer, director and wildlife experts before and during Thursday night's premiere of Blackfish on CNN. Post your thoughts on CNN's live blog at http://cnnfilmslive.cnn.com/Event/Blackfish_Live_Blog , starting Thursday at 4 p.m. ET, or tweet with the hashtag #blackfish." Please do tweet with the #blackfish hashtag, and spread the word on Facebook, or at the very least send CNN a huge thank you for airing the film. The Network takes comments at http://www.cnn.com/feedback/show/?s=generalcomments&hdln=4 Finally, because wild animal performances have similar issues, whether in or out of the water, it seems fitting to share here that we had good news in Los Angeles today: the city council voted unanimously to ban the use of bullhooks on elephants within the city. Unfortunately there is a three year phase-in period, which gives the circuses plenty of time to figure out other ways to terrify the animals into submission. It simply isn't true that a bullhook ban is "a de facto elephant ban" as the Los Angeles Times editorialized -- circuses still bring elephants to cities that have banned bullhooks. And the chaining, confinement and travel cause just as much suffering. But how heartening to have every council member vote in favor of the ban. If Los Angeles can get a unanimous vote against bullhooks perhaps other cities can get a majority vote against allowing visiting performances by the poor creatures at all. So I hope the victory here inspires activists elsewhere to follow the lead of other countries that have banned wild animal acts. And please, if the Los Angeles ban is reported in your paper this week, take the opportunity to send a letter to the editor against the abuse of wild animals for human entertainment. Blackfish should help inspire you with that! Yours and the animals', Karen Dawn (DawnWatch is an animal advocacy media watch that looks at animal issues in the media and facilitates one-click responses to the relevant media outlets. You can learn more about it, and sign up for alerts at http://www.DawnWatch.com. If you forward or reprint DawnWatch alerts please leave DawnWatch in the title and include these parenthesized tag lines. Please go to http://tinyurl.com/254ulkx to check out Karen Dawn's book, "Thanking the Monkey: Rethinking the Way we Treat Animals," which will give you background on any issue covered by DawnWatch. When it was first published in 2008 it was chosen by the Washington Post as one of the "Best Books of The Year!") To discontinue DawnWatch alerts go to http://www.DawnWatch.com/nothanks.php
It is the night we have been waiting for. CNN will air Blackfish, tomorrow night, Thursday October 24, at 9pm ET/PT (also 6pm PT). Get the popcorn ready and invite your friends over -- or set your DVRs now and have them over on the weekend. (Ratings are st...
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