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From 14 may 2001 issue:

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NATIONAL PARK SERVICE ACTIVITIES PROVE DEADLY TO WOLVES:

In Alaska's Denali National Park, the *Toklat* and *Sanctuary* wolf packs are the most viewed, most photographed, most famous group of wolves in the world. Although they are protected within Park boundaries, those who unwittingly wander on to surrounding state lands are mercilessly trapped and hunted. (Ironically, the trappers responsible for killing off the wolves include a Park Service employee and the owner of a lodge for wildlife- watching tourists). Compounding the wolves' already dire situation is the fact that recently, NPS officials inadvertently killed three pack members when they bungled an operation to tranquilize and collar members of the pack. Two alpha members and one pup died in the operation, and now, it is thought that only a single pup remains in the Sanctuary pack. Fortunately, the NPS has allowed the Alaska Wildlife Alliance to step in and provide food for the remaining pup. But as long as trapping continues in the Toklat and Sanctuary wolf territories, their fate remains dim.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

I) Contact the National Park Service and ask that they take steps toward stronger protection for the Denali Park wolves, including:

1) The issuance of a request to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for an immediate emergency closure of both the Sanctuary and Toklat wolf territories to ALL hunting and trapping, and

2) the immediate cessation of all trapping by Park Service employees, regardless of whether or not it is done on state lands.

Contact:
Robert Arnberger
Alaska Regional Director
National Park Service
2525 Gambell Street
Anchorage, AK 99503
Ph: 907-257-2690
Fax:907-257-2533.

II) Contact the Governor and ask him to close the Denali National Park to hunting and trapping of wolves:

The Honorable Tony Knowles
PO Box 110001
3rd Floor State Capitol
Juneau AK 99811-0001
ph: (907) 465-3500
Fax: (907) 465-3532
Email: Governor@gov.state.ak.us 

For more information, contact the Alaska Wildlife Alliance at:
P.O. Box 202022
Anchorage, AK
http://www.akwildlife.org 
(907) 277-0897
email: awa@alaska.net 


CUT OUT THE MARKET FOR DOWNED ANIMALS:

*Downed animals* are cows, steer, pigs, and sheep who, because of grave injuries or illness, are unable to stand or walk. Historically, the livestock industry has treated these animals brutally: they are kicked, beaten, and dragged all the way to the slaughterhouse to be killed and rendered. Last year, in a landmark policy, the USDA announced: "USDA will no longer accept ground beef that includes product from non-ambulatory cattle, commonly known as Ądowners,'" for Federal programs, including the National School Lunch Program. Now, a petition has been filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to completely prohibit the slaughter of downed animals. By cutting out the market for downed animals, the livestock industry will have more of an incentive to treat animals humanely, euthanizing *downed animals* on-farm, and more importantly, preventing the injuries that cause *downed animals* in the first place.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Please write to the US FDA in support of Docket Number 98P-0151/CP1.
U.S. FDA
Dockets Management Branch
5630 Fishers Lane
Room 1061
Rockville, MD 20852
Fax: 301-827-6870
Email: FDADockets@oc.fda.gov  (please note that it is crucial to refer to Docket # 98P-0151/CP1 in your letters).

Info. from: A Project of The Humane Society of the United States and The Fund for Animals PLEASE COPY AND SEND THESE IMPORTANT LETTERS:

Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen
304 Legislative Building
P.O. Box 40400
Olympia, WA 98504-0400
ph: 360-786-7700
email: owen_br@leg.wa.gov 

Dear Lieutenant Governor Owen,

Last February many concerned citizens requested that workers at IBP -Wallula Slaughterhouse be prosecuted to the fullest extent permissible under Washington’s animal cruelty laws. Graphic evidence from The Washington Post and the Humane Farming Association clearly portrayed IBP’s reckless mistreatment of animals. Yet prosecuting attorney Jim Nagle regards vivid footage and employee affidavits as “insufficient evidence” to convict IBP with criminal charges.

Litigators have chosen to ignore Washington’s anti-cruelty statutes, despite IBP employee testimonies that describe stun operators who routinely fail to render cattle unconscious. One videotape documents a conscious cow with an electric prod shoved into her mouth. Workers admit to frequently dismembering and skinning kicking and screaming animals.

Frustrated IBP workers, afraid of losing jobs, savagely mishandle animals to keep the breakneck production line flowing. Last Spring, eyewitnesses described cows who feel the “belly ripper” slice through their stomachs or the “tail ripper” slash open their rectums. Some cows are still alert when the “first legger” flays their hind legs and severs their feet. Still others are cognizant as the “first butter” skins them from breast to belly. “Their eyes look like they are popping out,” one worker said, “I feel bad that I have to do my job on them.” Pigs who similarly survive the stunning process wind up in tanks of boiling water, squealing in agony until they drown.

These descriptive accounts have been silenced by a corrupt system. One IBP worker was allegedly pressured into signing a deposition denying he had seen live animals on the killing line. When Washington state authorities arrived at IBP for an unannounced inspection, they were detained for one hour. Once inside, they found no visible proof of cruelty.

One can only imagine the terror and pain these animals endure. I encourage you to replace prosecuting attorney Jim Nagle with a litigator who is able to objectively view evidence and not succumb to bribery or pressure.

At the very least, implement the Humane Slaughter Act. I am outraged at Washington State’s injustice. “I can tell these cows are alive,” one IBP worker stated, “because they’re holding their heads up and a lot of times they make noise.” There is no excuse. I look forward to your feedback on the future of this serious case.

Sincerely,

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Linda Mitchell
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
P.O. Box 40482
Olympia, WA 98504-0482
ph: 360-786-7714
email: mitchell_li@leg.wa.gov 

Dear Ms. Mitchell,

Last February many concerned citizens requested that workers at IBP -Wallula Slaughterhouse be prosecuted to the fullest extent permissible under Washington’s animal cruelty laws. Graphic evidence from The Washington Post and the Humane Farming Association clearly portrayed IBP’s reckless mistreatment of animals. Yet prosecuting attorney Jim Nagle regards vivid footage and employee affidavits as “insufficient evidence” to convict IBP with criminal charges.

Litigators have chosen to ignore Washington’s anti-cruelty statutes, despite IBP employee testimonies that describe stun operators who routinely fail to render cattle unconscious. One videotape documents a conscious cow with an electric prod shoved into her mouth. Workers admit to frequently dismembering and skinning kicking and screaming animals.

Frustrated IBP workers, afraid of losing jobs, savagely mishandle animals to keep the breakneck production line flowing. Last Spring, eyewitnesses described cows who feel the “belly ripper” slice through their stomachs or the “tail ripper” slash open their rectums. Some cows are still alert when the “first legger” flays their hind legs and severs their feet. Still others are cognizant as the “first butter” skins them from breast to belly. “Their eyes look like they are popping out,” one worker said, “I feel bad that I have to do my job on them.” Pigs who similarly survive the stunning process wind up in tanks of boiling water, squealing in agony until they drown.

These descriptive accounts have been silenced by a corrupt system. One IBP worker was allegedly pressured into signing a deposition denying he had seen live animals on the killing line. When Washington state authorities arrived at IBP for an unannounced inspection, they were detained for one hour. Once inside, they found no visible proof of cruelty.

One can only imagine the terror and pain these animals endure. I encourage you to replace prosecuting attorney Jim Nagle with a litigator who is able to objectively view evidence and not succumb to bribery or pressure.

At the very least, implement the Humane Slaughter Act. I am outraged at Washington State’s injustice. “I can tell these cows are alive,” one IBP worker stated, “because they’re holding their heads up and a lot of times they make noise.” There is no excuse. I look forward to your feedback on the future of this serious case.

Sincerely,

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Everett H. Billingslea
General Counsel Office of the Governor
Legislative Building
P.O. Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504
email: Barbara.Goody@gov.wa.gov 

Dear Mr. Billingslea,

Last February many concerned citizens requested that workers at IBP -Wallula Slaughterhouse be prosecuted to the fullest extent permissible under Washington’s animal cruelty laws. Graphic evidence from The Washington Post and the Humane Farming Association clearly portrayed IBP’s reckless mistreatment of animals. Yet prosecuting attorney Jim Nagle regards vivid footage and employee affidavits as “insufficient evidence” to convict IBP with criminal charges.

Litigators have chosen to ignore Washington’s anti-cruelty statutes, despite IBP employee testimonies that describe stun operators who routinely fail to render cattle unconscious. One videotape documents a conscious cow with an electric prod shoved into her mouth. Workers admit to frequently dismembering and skinning kicking and screaming animals.

Frustrated IBP workers, afraid of losing jobs, savagely mishandle animals to keep the breakneck production line flowing. Last Spring, eyewitnesses described cows who feel the “belly ripper” slice through their stomachs or the “tail ripper” slash open their rectums. Some cows are still alert when the “first legger” flays their hind legs and severs their feet. Still others are cognizant as the “first butter” skins them from breast to belly. “Their eyes look like they are popping out,” one worker said, “I feel bad that I have to do my job on them.” Pigs who similarly survive the stunning process wind up in tanks of boiling water, squealing in agony until they drown.

These descriptive accounts have been silenced by a corrupt system. One IBP worker was allegedly pressured into signing a deposition denying he had seen live animals on the killing line. When Washington state authorities arrived at IBP for an unannounced inspection, they were detained for one hour. Once inside, they found no visible proof of cruelty.

One can only imagine the terror and pain these animals endure. I encourage you to replace prosecuting attorney Jim Nagle with a litigator who is able to objectively view evidence and not succumb to bribery or pressure.

At the very least, implement the Humane Slaughter Act. I am outraged at Washington State’s injustice. “I can tell these cows are alive,” one IBP worker stated, “because they’re holding their heads up and a lot of times they make noise.” There is no excuse. I look forward to your feedback on the future of this serious case.

Sincerely,

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Governor Gary Locke
Officer of the Governor
P.O. Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504-0001
ph: 360-902-4111
fax: 360-753-4110
TTY/TDD: 360-753-6466
email: To get your message to the Governor's Office, please use the form at:  http://www.governor.wa.gov/contact/govemail.htm  

Dear Honorable Governor Locke,

Last February many concerned citizens requested that workers at IBP -Wallula Slaughterhouse be prosecuted to the fullest extent permissible under Washington’s animal cruelty laws. Graphic evidence from The Washington Post and the Humane Farming Association clearly portrayed IBP’s reckless mistreatment of animals. Yet prosecuting attorney Jim Nagle regards vivid footage and employee affidavits as “insufficient evidence” to convict IBP with criminal charges.

Litigators have chosen to ignore Washington’s anti-cruelty statutes, despite IBP employee testimonies that describe stun operators who routinely fail to render cattle unconscious. One videotape documents a conscious cow with an electric prod shoved into her mouth. Workers admit to frequently dismembering and skinning kicking and screaming animals.

Frustrated IBP workers, afraid of losing jobs, savagely mishandle animals to keep the breakneck production line flowing. Last Spring, eyewitnesses described cows who feel the “belly ripper” slice through their stomachs or the “tail ripper” slash open their rectums. Some cows are still alert when the “first legger” flays their hind legs and severs their feet. Still others are cognizant as the “first butter” skins them from breast to belly. “Their eyes look like they are popping out,” one worker said, “I feel bad that I have to do my job on them.” Pigs who similarly survive the stunning process wind up in tanks of boiling water, squealing in agony until they drown.

These descriptive accounts have been silenced by a corrupt system. One IBP worker was allegedly pressured into signing a deposition denying he had seen live animals on the killing line. When Washington state authorities arrived at IBP for an unannounced inspection, they were detained for one hour. Once inside, they found no visible proof of cruelty.

One can only imagine the terror and pain these animals endure. I encourage you to replace prosecuting attorney Jim Nagle with a litigator who is able to objectively view evidence and not succumb to bribery or pressure.

At the very least, implement the Humane Slaughter Act. I am outraged at Washington State’s injustice. “I can tell these cows are alive,” one IBP worker stated, “because they’re holding their heads up and a lot of times they make noise.” There is no excuse. I look forward to your feedback on the future of this serious case.

Sincerely,

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Legislative Ethics Board
James A. Andersen, Chair
3008-98th NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
ph: 425-454-1596

Dear Mr. Andersen,

Last February many concerned citizens requested that workers at IBP -Wallula Slaughterhouse be prosecuted to the fullest extent permissible under Washington’s animal cruelty laws. Graphic evidence from The Washington Post and the Humane Farming Association clearly portrayed IBP’s reckless mistreatment of animals. Yet prosecuting attorney Jim Nagle regards vivid footage and employee affidavits as “insufficient evidence” to convict IBP with criminal charges.

Litigators have chosen to ignore Washington’s anti-cruelty statutes, despite IBP employee testimonies that describe stun operators who routinely fail to render cattle unconscious. One videotape documents a conscious cow with an electric prod shoved into her mouth. Workers admit to frequently dismembering and skinning kicking and screaming animals.

Frustrated IBP workers, afraid of losing jobs, savagely mishandle animals to keep the breakneck production line flowing. Last Spring, eyewitnesses described cows who feel the “belly ripper” slice through their stomachs or the “tail ripper” slash open their rectums. Some cows are still alert when the “first legger” flays their hind legs and severs their feet. Still others are cognizant as the “first butter” skins them from breast to belly. “Their eyes look like they are popping out,” one worker said, “I feel bad that I have to do my job on them.” Pigs who similarly survive the stunning process wind up in tanks of boiling water, squealing in agony until they drown.

These descriptive accounts have been silenced by a corrupt system. One IBP worker was allegedly pressured into signing a deposition denying he had seen live animals on the killing line. When Washington state authorities arrived at IBP for an unannounced inspection, they were detained for one hour. Once inside, they found no visible proof of cruelty.

One can only imagine the terror and pain these animals endure. I encourage you to replace prosecuting attorney Jim Nagle with a litigator who is able to objectively view evidence and not succumb to bribery or pressure.

At the very least, implement the Humane Slaughter Act. I am outraged at Washington State’s injustice. “I can tell these cows are alive,” one IBP worker stated, “because they’re holding their heads up and a lot of times they make noise.” There is no excuse. I look forward to your feedback on the future of this serious case.

Sincerely,

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William F. Asbury, Vice-Chair
3117 Dorchester Drive SW
Tumwater, WA 98502
ph: 360-943-1712

Dear Mr. Asbury,

Last February many concerned citizens requested that workers at IBP -Wallula Slaughterhouse be prosecuted to the fullest extent permissible under Washington’s animal cruelty laws. Graphic evidence from The Washington Post and the Humane Farming Association clearly portrayed IBP’s reckless mistreatment of animals. Yet prosecuting attorney Jim Nagle regards vivid footage and employee affidavits as “insufficient evidence” to convict IBP with criminal charges.

Litigators have chosen to ignore Washington’s anti-cruelty statutes, despite IBP employee testimonies that describe stun operators who routinely fail to render cattle unconscious. One videotape documents a conscious cow with an electric prod shoved into her mouth. Workers admit to frequently dismembering and skinning kicking and screaming animals.

Frustrated IBP workers, afraid of losing jobs, savagely mishandle animals to keep the breakneck production line flowing. Last Spring, eyewitnesses described cows who feel the “belly ripper” slice through their stomachs or the “tail ripper” slash open their rectums. Some cows are still alert when the “first legger” flays their hind legs and severs their feet. Still others are cognizant as the “first butter” skins them from breast to belly. “Their eyes look like they are popping out,” one worker said, “I feel bad that I have to do my job on them.” Pigs who similarly survive the stunning process wind up in tanks of boiling water, squealing in agony until they drown.

These descriptive accounts have been silenced by a corrupt system. One IBP worker was allegedly pressured into signing a deposition denying he had seen live animals on the killing line. When Washington state authorities arrived at IBP for an unannounced inspection, they were detained for one hour. Once inside, they found no visible proof of cruelty.

One can only imagine the terror and pain these animals endure. I encourage you to replace prosecuting attorney Jim Nagle with a litigator who is able to objectively view evidence and not succumb to bribery or pressure.

At the very least, implement the Humane Slaughter Act. I am outraged at Washington State’s injustice. “I can tell these cows are alive,” one IBP worker stated, “because they’re holding their heads up and a lot of times they make noise.” There is no excuse. I look forward to your feedback on the future of this serious case.

Sincerely,

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Representative Phil Rockefeller
P.O. Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600
ph: 360-786-7934
email: rockefel_ph@leg.wa.gov 

Dear Representative Rockefeller,

Last February many concerned citizens requested that workers at IBP -Wallula Slaughterhouse be prosecuted to the fullest extent permissible under Washington’s animal cruelty laws. Graphic evidence from The Washington Post and the Humane Farming Association clearly portrayed IBP’s reckless mistreatment of animals. Yet prosecuting attorney Jim Nagle regards vivid footage and employee affidavits as “insufficient evidence” to convict IBP with criminal charges.

Litigators have chosen to ignore Washington’s anti-cruelty statutes, despite IBP employee testimonies that describe stun operators who routinely fail to render cattle unconscious. One videotape documents a conscious cow with an electric prod shoved into her mouth. Workers admit to frequently dismembering and skinning kicking and screaming animals.

Frustrated IBP workers, afraid of losing jobs, savagely mishandle animals to keep the breakneck production line flowing. Last Spring, eyewitnesses described cows who feel the “belly ripper” slice through their stomachs or the “tail ripper” slash open their rectums. Some cows are still alert when the “first legger” flays their hind legs and severs their feet. Still others are cognizant as the “first butter” skins them from breast to belly. “Their eyes look like they are popping out,” one worker said, “I feel bad that I have to do my job on them.” Pigs who similarly survive the stunning process wind up in tanks of boiling water, squealing in agony until they drown.

These descriptive accounts have been silenced by a corrupt system. One IBP worker was allegedly pressured into signing a deposition denying he had seen live animals on the killing line. When Washington state authorities arrived at IBP for an unannounced inspection, they were detained for one hour. Once inside, they found no visible proof of cruelty.

One can only imagine the terror and pain these animals endure. I encourage you to replace prosecuting attorney Jim Nagle with a litigator who is able to objectively view evidence and not succumb to bribery or pressure.

At the very least, implement the Humane Slaughter Act. I am outraged at Washington State’s injustice. “I can tell these cows are alive,” one IBP worker stated, “because they’re holding their heads up and a lot of times they make noise.” There is no excuse. I look forward to your feedback on the future of this serious case.

Sincerely,

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Senator Steve Johnson
P.O. Box 40447
Olympia, WA 98504-0447
ph: 360-786-7692
email: johnson_st@leg.wa.gov 

Dear Senator Johnson,

Last February many concerned citizens requested that workers at IBP -Wallula Slaughterhouse be prosecuted to the fullest extent permissible under Washington’s animal cruelty laws. Graphic evidence from The Washington Post and the Humane Farming Association clearly portrayed IBP’s reckless mistreatment of animals. Yet prosecuting attorney Jim Nagle regards vivid footage and employee affidavits as “insufficient evidence” to convict IBP with criminal charges.

Litigators have chosen to ignore Washington’s anti-cruelty statutes, despite IBP employee testimonies that describe stun operators who routinely fail to render cattle unconscious. One videotape documents a conscious cow with an electric prod shoved into her mouth. Workers admit to frequently dismembering and skinning kicking and screaming animals.

Frustrated IBP workers, afraid of losing jobs, savagely mishandle animals to keep the breakneck production line flowing. Last Spring, eyewitnesses described cows who feel the “belly ripper” slice through their stomachs or the “tail ripper” slash open their rectums. Some cows are still alert when the “first legger” flays their hind legs and severs their feet. Still others are cognizant as the “first butter” skins them from breast to belly. “Their eyes look like they are popping out,” one worker said, “I feel bad that I have to do my job on them.” Pigs who similarly survive the stunning process wind up in tanks of boiling water, squealing in agony until they drown.

These descriptive accounts have been silenced by a corrupt system. One IBP worker was allegedly pressured into signing a deposition denying he had seen live animals on the killing line. When Washington state authorities arrived at IBP for an unannounced inspection, they were detained for one hour. Once inside, they found no visible proof of cruelty.

One can only imagine the terror and pain these animals endure. I encourage you to replace prosecuting attorney Jim Nagle with a litigator who is able to objectively view evidence and not succumb to bribery or pressure.

At the very least, implement the Humane Slaughter Act. I am outraged at Washington State’s injustice. “I can tell these cows are alive,” one IBP worker stated, “because they’re holding their heads up and a lot of times they make noise.” There is no excuse. I look forward to your feedback on the future of this serious case.

Sincerely,

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Representative John Pennington
P.O. Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600
ph: 360-786-7812 or 1-800-419-5283
email: penningt_jo@leg.wa.gov 

Dear Representative Pennington,

Last February many concerned citizens requested that workers at IBP -Wallula Slaughterhouse be prosecuted to the fullest extent permissible under Washington’s animal cruelty laws. Graphic evidence from The Washington Post and the Humane Farming Association clearly portrayed IBP’s reckless mistreatment of animals. Yet prosecuting attorney Jim Nagle regards vivid footage and employee affidavits as “insufficient evidence” to convict IBP with criminal charges.

Litigators have chosen to ignore Washington’s anti-cruelty statutes, despite IBP employee testimonies that describe stun operators who routinely fail to render cattle unconscious. One videotape documents a conscious cow with an electric prod shoved into her mouth. Workers admit to frequently dismembering and skinning kicking and screaming animals.

Frustrated IBP workers, afraid of losing jobs, savagely mishandle animals to keep the breakneck production line flowing. Last Spring, eyewitnesses described cows who feel the “belly ripper” slice through their stomachs or the “tail ripper” slash open their rectums. Some cows are still alert when the “first legger” flays their hind legs and severs their feet. Still others are cognizant as the “first butter” skins them from breast to belly. “Their eyes look like they are popping out,” one worker said, “I feel bad that I have to do my job on them.” Pigs who similarly survive the stunning process wind up in tanks of boiling water, squealing in agony until they drown.

These descriptive accounts have been silenced by a corrupt system. One IBP worker was allegedly pressured into signing a deposition denying he had seen live animals on the killing line. When Washington state authorities arrived at IBP for an unannounced inspection, they were detained for one hour. Once inside, they found no visible proof of cruelty.

One can only imagine the terror and pain these animals endure. I encourage you to replace prosecuting attorney Jim Nagle with a litigator who is able to objectively view evidence and not succumb to bribery or pressure.

At the very least, implement the Humane Slaughter Act. I am outraged at Washington State’s injustice. “I can tell these cows are alive,” one IBP worker stated, “because they’re holding their heads up and a lot of times they make noise.” There is no excuse. I look forward to your feedback on the future of this serious case.

Sincerely,

Source: FlipperWuzaSlave

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