I was going to update everyone finally on great stuff but I was sidetracked by my personal response to this case. #PTSD overwhelming today. Woman's screams ignored as #raped on train. http://t.co/zDR6tVbxjm #gaybashed #apathy pic.twitter.com/CZEG2ZkXMA — Daniel Hauff (@DanielHauff) May … Continue reading →
Alright, those are my words. They didn’t say “sucks” but trust me and my personal experience working with survivors of hate-based discrimination and violence and how tracking these personal and vicious crimes go: It Sucks. My mother always hated it … Continue reading →
Constitutional Challenge Made to State’s Attempt to Silence Factory Farm Whistle-Blowers
Contact: Daniel Hauff, DHAPR Group 312.650.9210
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BOISE — A coalition of organizations dedicated to civil liberties, animal protection, food safety, labor rights, and the environment, along with journalists and experts in covert operations, filed a federal lawsuit to overturn Idaho’s newly passed “ag gag” statute, signed into law by Idaho governor C.L. “Butch” Otter on February 28. The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of Idaho’s ag gag law (Idaho Code sec. 18-7042), and was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho by national nonprofits Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho (ACLU), and the Center for Food Safety (CFS). Idaho is the seventh state to pass an ag gag law, and the first to do so since 2012.
The U.S. Constitution protects free speech and freedom of the press, including journalistic exposés of industrial animal production. Like other ag gag laws, Idaho’s statute criminalizes whistle-blowing investigations at factory farms, and specifically targets animal advocates who expose illegal and cruel practices. Idaho’s ag gag law makes it illegal for anyone to take photos or videos at a factory farm or slaughterhouse without the owner’s express consent. If convicted under the ag gag law, a whistle-blower would face up to a year in prison and a $5,000 fine. By comparison, the maximum jail term for a first-offense conviction of animal cruelty in Idaho is six months. In other words, Idaho more severely punishes those who expose cruelty to animals than those who commit it. Continue reading →
Julie Boonstra, a leukemia patient living in Michigan, was used (hopefully ignorant and not complacent) in a misleading ad attacking the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more commonly known as “Obamacare” – even though the ACA is a Republican-driven program that benefits privately-owned companies. Still, many Republicans are pushing to have the ACA repealed.
You haven’t seen the Koch brothers’ misinformation ad campaign?
One features footage of Michigan resident and leukemia patient Julie Boonstra. In it Ms. Boonstra falsely asserts that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will strip away her current doctor, cost her more money, and that she’ll now be without insurance leading her to her own death.
ALL of Boonstra’s claims (worries? voiced opinions?) are false.
And you can bet your paycheck – or better yet, the paycheck of the Koch brothers who funded that ad – that those making this advertisement and who are behind it (the Koch brothers) knew damned well that Boonstra’s voiced concerns that they used in the ad was all BS. Continue reading →
There are lots of blogs and lists out there for those new to a compassionate, animal-free diet. One Green Planet just posted a great list of items to have on hand in your fridge to assure your taste buds are delighted, no matter what you are cooking up.
A vegetarian diet without any animal products, called “vegan,” is the only way to avoid paying others to be violent on your behalf.
Jim Morin’s cartoon, as published in the Miami Herald, makes a major point – one that irritates me greatly about the anti-universal health care stance of far too many people in the U.S. I’m fairly certain those with this view all have their own health care coverage and probably haven’t been without it … yet. Note the “yet.”
I’ve got some points to make for all of those out there who are anti-universal health care.
Reeve and I with my really cool alarm clock shining like the morning sun on us even though it was dark “as all get-out” outside. Thanks to “What’s Up, Doc?” for the gift. Love it!
Good Thursday to Ya’.
Reeve, my partner, dislikes mornings and prefers to make the rest of us do the morning routine, that is … the “barn chores.”
This is the case even though I wake him with 10,000 lux of good, vitamin D-production-helping, filtered “sunshine” – artificially-produced from my alarm clock. Ten minutes later the [admittedly very fake sounding] birds begin to chirp.
OK, well … Here’s to seeing the funny side of things for sure!
Hate Homos? Go to Sochi.
Hate Dogs? Go to Sochi.
Hate People Generally? Go to Sochi.
Could the Russian government give us more reasons to boycott the Russian-based Olympics? I’ve never been more certain on not having any interest in watching the Olympics or avoiding companies supporting the Sochi-based events as I am right now. Continue reading →