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The C.A.S.H. Courier
From the Spring 1999 Issue

C.A.S.H./WILDLIFE WATCH DOINGS SINCE THE LAST NEWSLETTER

GRAND UNION STOPS VENDORS FROM SELLING HUNTING VIDEO TAPES IN ALL 120 STORES IN NY AND NJ!

SHOP GRAND UNION, THEY'RE TRULY GRAND
(They also have vegan Boca Burgers)

Due to a letter sent by Anne Muller (as an individual) to a local manager of Grand Union (in hunting territory) asking that they discontinue allowing a private vendor to sell hunting video tapes in a kiosk near the customer service desk, Grand Union has removed them from kiosks at all 120 stores in NY and NJ! Thank you letters as fellow Grand Union customers can be sent to: Ms. Sharon DeSordi, Grand Union Corporate Headquarters, 201 Willowbrook Blvd., Wayne, NJ 07470. In the letter, please thank John Becker, District Manager for taking my complaint to the top, or you can write to him directly: John Becker, District Manager, Grand Union, Bridgeview Shopping Center, 650 Route 9W, Highland, NY 12528


PROMISES OF "NEVER AGAIN" FROM KLM FOR SHREDDING 400 LIVE SQUIRRELS:

After hearing the shocking news that KLM put 400 live squirrels into a shredder, Wildlife Watch called, wrote, demonstrated and petitioned near their office in NYC. - People were shocked to learn about the squirrels. KLM promises to fly right. We just received a letter from Dig Istha, Executive Vice President, KLM Corporate Communications saying: I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere apologies and to assure you that this will never happen again;. I fully understand and share your dismay….KLM will consult with the authorities and representatives of animal welfare organizations to determine better procedures for the future.


WILDLIFE WATCH WORKS TO BAN CANNED HUNTING

At a town board meeting in Wallkill, NY, Wildlife Watch and ROAR demanded that there be no hunting of canned boar, and appealed for a law that would stop any canned hunt operation from coming into Wallkill. The audience was extremely supportive, and Wildlife Watch was asked by a resident to draft a total canned hunt ban for the town to consider. That has been done and the effort is in progress.


FOILED GOOSE KILLERS' ATTEMPTS TO GET OTHER TOWN SUPERVISORS TO KILL

Wildlife Watch and the Coalition to Prevent the Destruction of Canada Geese attended the annual conference of the NYS Association of Towns to counteract Richard Chipman of USDA Wildlife Services (notorious killers of the nation's wildlife) as he described how killing was the best method of getting rid of geese. Clarkstown goose killer, Holbrook was in the room yelling, "kill 'em" as Chipman spoke. We handed out our material and spoke to many supervisors afterwards. (See page 5.)


NEW JERSEY DEP AND PARK RANGERS DROP HUNTER HARASSMENT CHARGES

As we reported in our last newsletter, we told the prosecutor that we would not plead guilty to hunter harassment charges and that we would go to trial. We returned to court well prepared for a trial with our lawyer, Jim Sieradzski, and two witnesses, Melanie Bartlett and Jon Goldberg of Vassar College. Again, the rangers wanted to settle out of court. This time they dropped the charges of "hunter harassment" and "interfering with a police officer" in exchange for my pleading guilty to criminal harassment. We reasoned that this charge (a minor charge in NJ) was no longer the issue we wanted to fight. Pleading guilty would not stop our activities; the judge was going to have to give the park something. Based on that, we decided to get on with our other work and accept the "deal." Shockingly, the man who came before the judge prior to my case was given the exact same fine ($250 which comes to about $400 with court charges) for beating his wife to a pulp!


HELPING TO DRAFT NEW ROCKLAND COUNTY LEGISLATION

Working with legislators on new legislation to create a strong law restricting trapping that will be less challengeable than the ban (while appeal is pending).

PETITIONING EFFORT CONTINUES AGAINST TRAPPING

KEEPING HOME RULE BILL ALIVE, Wildlife Watch along with Meg & Tony Massaro whose companion, Valentine, was killed by a trapper in a conibear trap, The Fund, and Holly Cheever, DVM met with Sheldon Siver's office to convince them to push for the Home Rule bill against trapping. (see page 6 for impressions).

REST ASSURED THAT WE HAVE BEEN AND WILL CONTINUE TO WORK DILIGENTLY TO REINSTATE ROCKLANDS TRAPPING BAN. WHILE WE WOULD LOVE TO REPORT ALL THAT IS HAPPENING, WE MUST BE PRUDENT.

DEVELOPMENT OF PRESENTATION PACKAGE FOR HOPE RYDEN'S BOOK, GOD'S DOG. We have already done two presentations and are setting up others. (See page 1)

WORKED TO STOPPED KILLING OF HATCHED CORMORANTS. (See page 4)

WORKING TO STOP COYOTE KILLING. (See page 3)

WILDLIFE WATCH INVITED TO SPEAK C.A.S.H./Wildlife Watch was asked to speak to Suzan Porto's Animal Rights class at Pace University Law School. The subject was the Ringwood court case. Sue's students were shocked to learn the details of the events, and one student promises to be at our next protest in September!

WROTE ARTICLE ON CANNED HUNTING FOR SATYA MAGAZINE Peter Muller wrote an article on canned hunting for the current issue of excellent SATYA magazine. SATYA focuses on environment and animal issues. To subscribe to SATYA write to P.O. Box 138, NYC 10012. Call 212-674-0952 or e-mail stealth@interport.com

HELD DEMO AGAINST "SPORTSMAN'S EXPO"- C.A.S.H. held its annual demonstration at Rockland Community College publicly asking that the college not denigrate itself by hosting this exhibition of killing and volunteering to help them find a financial replacement. Dr. George Hamada, President, Rockland Community College, College Road, Suffern, N.Y. 10901 ANNOUNCEMENTS: Please keep letters going to MOHONK PRESERVE, Sara Senior, President, Board of Directors, New Paltz, NY 12561. They wrote that they will not discontinue hunting.

DEMO AT BURLINGTON COAT FACTORY Scheduled For May 30, in Scarsdale, NY. in cooperation with CAFT - COALITION TO ABOLISH THE FUR TRADE. We will be pointing out the hypocrisy of not selling dog and cat fur, but selling coyote and other wild animal fur. The theme for Wildlife Watch is "Give Fur Back to the Animals - we will be cutting up donated fur coats into cage size pieces to be used as bedding for animals at Pets Alive a no-kill shelter.


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

Drs. Arlene Kahn and Eric Goldman for developing an active Wildlife Watch volunteer force

Rosie O'Donnell calls Arlene Kahn to say she was "just joking" about killing squirrels. Arlene Kahn called the Rosie O'Donnell show to voice her dismay over the fact that Rosie had joked about running over squirrels in her home county, Rockland (Not a good move). Rosie, herself, called back and apologized. She promised not to joke again at the expense of the little guys and also said she would be happy to sign our petitions against trapping.

Linda Segal and Eloise Vega lobbied successfully for the first dog run in Rockland County, which will be used by the Hudson Valley Humane Association (a no-kill shelter) for dog and cat adoptions and dog training!

Dwight Kearns for bringing the horrendous anti-Canada goose propaganda video, created by Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell U., to the attention of the Rockland County Environmental Management Council (EMC). EMC has officially condemned it and is asking for its withdrawal.

Peter Muller picks up and transports three Taiwan dogs from the airport to PETS ALIVE.. Pete said his favorite little guy, named Piggy, looked like a giant skunk. We're happy to report that Sara Whalen said that Piggy has been adopted and her new name is "Twiggy."

Frank and Mary Hoffman Foundation for hosting our website.

Chris Arenella for her work to save a beaver pond in Bloomington, NY (in progress).


WAYS TO HELP WILDLIFE WATCH / C.A.S.H. HELP ANIMALS

Cash- just writing a check will, if you itemize, give you a deduction on your federal income taxes.

Writing a check monthly - Sometimes it's easier to write smaller amounts every month. Just think, the sacrifice of one (vegan) pizza pie a month (that's rough, I know) would add up to $180 as an annual contribution! Given that the pizza pie is $15 (NY prices). Just $1/day adds up to $365 a year!

Stocks - After the tremendous stock market gains these past few years gifting, stocks has two major advantages. You avoid paying any capital gains tax on the appreciated value, and you get a full tax deduction for up to 30% of adjusted gross income.

Gifts of Life Insurance - Many people have half-forgotten policies they bought years ago for reasons no longer valid. Changing your beneficiary to Wildlife Watch is a very simple and effective way to leave a lasting legacy.

Gifts of Real Estate. - Like stocks, many real estate holdings have appreciated in value over the years and could be a great way to make a substantial donation while avoiding capital gains taxes.

BEQUESTS - If you would like to include Wildlife Watch in your will, kindly contact: Frances Carlisle, Esq., 20 Waterside Plaza, Suite 12-D, New York, NY 10010.


WISH LIST:

  • Computer equipment, preferably PC type capable of minimally running Windows 95
  • Cameras, video and still (telephoto lens would be great)
  • Any donations for a summer tag sale

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