The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

April 23, 2010


inspired by iranian music

http://www.alansondheim.org/000.mp3

(need feedback on this one, thanks)

(the second time I've made this mistake in two days, damn)

inspired by iranian music

http://espdisk.com/alansondheim/000.mp3

(need feedback on this one, thanks)

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Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2010 09:01:20
From: ASPCA News Alert <website@aspca.org>
To: sondheim@panix.com
Subject: Federal Animal Cruelty Law Deemed Unconstitutional

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Latest News from the Frontlines of Animal Welfare
April 23, 2010

Supreme Court Nixes Crush Act as Unconstitutional
1. Supreme Court Nixes Crush Act as Unconstitutional
On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court?s 2008 decision to
repeal the Crush Act as unconstitutional and overly broad. The Crush Act
criminalized the creation and sale of genuine depictions of animal cruelty.
The ASPCA is disappointed, but not surprised by the verdict, and is ready to
assist in the drafting of a replacement law that will protect animals from
those who would exploit their suffering for profit. Read More...

Thrill of the Chase
2. ASPCA Pet of the Week: Thrill of the Chase
Chase?s ever-moving tail is a thing of wonder, and it gives this big boy a
goofy charm. Check out some video of him demonstrating his stellar
manners?he even resists the temptation of a giant dog bone!

NYC Carriage Horse Industry Bill
3. ASPCA Objects to Passage of NYC Carriage Horse Industry Bill
On the surface, a newly passed NYC bill, Intro. 35, looks like it will do a
lot to help New York City?s long-suffering carriage horses?but looks can be
deceiving, and the bill doesn?t go nearly far enough.

Go Orange Photo Contest
4. Go Orange Photo Contest: Last Call for Entries
The clock is ticking, people! April 30 is the deadline for our annual Go
Orange Photo Contest, so don?t miss the boat! Send us your best shot of you
and your pets frolicking in orange for animals.

More Articles:
5. Dogs Also Suffer from Allergies to Food, Fleas?and Cats!
6. ASPCA Happy Tails: They Call Me Mellow Yellow
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Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2010 11:22:37
From: Ben Wikler - Avaaz.org <avaaz@avaaz.org>
To: "sondheim@panix.com" <sondheim@panix.com>
Subject: Legal whale slaughter

Dear friends,

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A new proposal would lift the global ban on commercial whale hunting.
Countries are deciding their positions on it now, so an outcry is needed --
sign to protect the ban and save the whales:

                               Take Action Now!
The International Whaling Commission has just unveiled a proposal to
legalize commercial whale hunting for the first time in 24 years.

Countries are now deciding their first responses -- and they're watching
public reaction closely. New Zealand called its provisions -- which include
a legal quota for hunting endangered fin whales -- "offensive,"
"unacceptable," and "inflammatory." But other key nations are rumoured to be
leaning in support of it. They need to hear from us now.

Avaaz has launched an urgent petition to show our leaders their people want
to protect whales, not hunt, kill, and sell them. The petition is being sent
to the International Whaling Commission each time it reaches another 100,000
signatures -- sign here and forward this message:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/whales_under_threat_9/?vl

A strong international consensus has opposed whaling for decades -- but for
just as long, Japan, Norway, and Iceland have continued to hunt whales,
ignoring the global ban on whaling or exploiting a loophole by claiming
their expeditions were "scientific research." Now they could be rewarded by
this "compromise" proposal, in which their commercial whaling would be made
legal in exchange for unenforceable promises to slowly reduce their yearly
catch.

Worse still, a number of other countries are watching the process closely in
hopes of launching their own whaling programs. If Japan, Norway, and Iceland
can hunt whales and sell their meat, others will ask "if them, why not us?"

It's time to save the whales -- again. The IWC proposal will be voted up or
down by country delegates this June, but their positions are hardening fast
-- let's respond massively, right away, everywhere. Click below and forward
this message to oppose the legalization of commercial whale hunting:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/whales_under_threat_9/?vl

Forty years ago, whales were on the brink of extinction. But thanks to a
global social movement, the world banned commercial whaling in 1986. The ban
is one of the environmental movement's great triumphs.

Today, whales still face many threats: not just the whalers' harpoons, but
also climate change, destruction of ecosystems by overfishing and pollution,
and nets intended for other fish. A renewed wave of commercial whaling could
devastate these extraordinarily intelligent and social cousins of humanity.
This is no time to move backwards.

With hope,

Ben, Ricken, Paula, Iain, David, Luis, and the whole Avaaz team


SOURCES:

"Whaling plan draws anger from green groups" - BBC, 22 April 2010
Whaling plan draws anger from green groups

"IWC whaling proposal 'offensive'" - New Zealand Herald, 23 April 2010
http://www.avaaz.org/whales_offensive

Background on the 1986 international moratorium on whaling:
http://www.avaaz.org/international_whaling_moratorium

Read the actual proposal here (PDF format):
http://www.avaaz.org/whale_proposal

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