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                                      Animal Rights Action Network




 RIGHTS FOR ANIMALS
 (The e-news for Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) - Ireland’s National Animal
                      Rights Organization) February 2009

                                     In This Issue:
               1.  STOP CANADA’S SEAL HUNT – JOIN ARAN MONTH OF ACTION
                 2. ARAN SPEAKS OUT AGAINST HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGES
                      3. JOIN ARAN’S RALLY AGAINST CRUELTY – 2009!
              4. TRINITY COLLEGE – DUMP ANIMAL EXPERIMENTS URGES ARAN
             5. ARAN URGES BEN & JERRY’S TO USE BREAST MILK TO SAVE COWS
                    6. ARAN ‘STOP CIRCUS SUFFERING IN IRELAND’ 2009
               7. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS HELPED ARAN RECENTLY
                        8. HELP FARMING IN IRELAND ARAN BAN FUR
                      9. WHERE DOES ARAN STAND ON ANIMAL RIGHTS
                     10. CRUEL ANIMAL EXPERIMENTS EXPOSED IN DKIT
                   11. ARAN URGES RESTAURANTS TO GO FOIE GRAS FREE
                       12. ARAN URGES DEER ‘CULL’ TO BE ABANDONED
              13. ARAN CALLS DROGHEDA ‘ART’ PROJECT SICKENING AND CRUEL


STOP CANADA’S SEAL HUNT – JOIN ARAN’s MONTH OF ACTION
The battle to stop Canada killing seals unfortunately rages on in 2009. As the council
 of ministers in Europe debate an EU wide trade ban on seal „products‟ from Canada,
 campaigners around the world are gearing up for another month of intense protests
  and campaign activities. In Ireland, ARAN has been leading the Irish campaign on
      the streets to raise awareness of the killing of Canada‟s seals. Every year we
organize attention grabbing protests outside of the Canadian Embassy in Dublin with
 gripping placards and banners depicting the images of the seal kill that continues to
grab national press attention helping to direct members of the public to the cruelty of
Canada‟s killing fields, our popular lunchtime protests often attract up for 60 people!
  For several months now ARAN has been working hard lobbying Irish MEP‟s to urge
   them to support an EU wide trade ban, with almost all MEP‟s supporting the call -
 except two, including Galway‟s Sean O Neachtain. ARAN has also been working with
IFAW, HSUS and Respect for animals - the three leading groups campaigning for
an end to Canada‟s seal kill, by lobbing the Department of Environment in Ireland to
  do as much as they can to ensure that Ireland is firm in it‟s support for an EU wide
 trade ban. ARAN has also been coordinating with the Sea Shepherd Conservation
 Society and Harpseals.org with grassroots campaigns and public outreach to help
generate as much email and letter correspondence to Canadian authorities to ensure
   they know that people in Ireland are against the barbaric killing. Over the coming
     weeks ARAN has planned a major „Stop Canada Killing Seals‟ peaceful event in
  Dublin, look out for more details coming soon. ARAN will also be taking part in the
 international day of action on March 15th so contact us for more information if you‟d
                    like to get involved and help save Canada‟s seals.


    ARAN SPEAKS OUT AGAINST HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGES
ARAN has been supporting a campaign by our colleagues at Coalition to Ban Horse
Drawn Carriages in New York to ban horse drawn carriages. The city council motion
has been put forward by supporting councilor Tony Avella. In a recent radio interview
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 with Kerry FM an ARAN campaigner spoke about the New York campaign and what
  currently is happening. They also spoke about the celebrity support the campaign
 has been attracting including Chrissie Hynde who led a protest with members of
 CBHDC and PETA, Hollywood A-lister Bill Maher also helped to launch the horse
 drawn carriages documentary „blinders‟ at a national screening in New York and of
course staunch animal rights supporter Pamela Anderson sent flowers and a thank
 you card to Tony Avella, the city councilor whom is putting the motion to ban cruel
          horse drawn carriages and to help replace them with alternatives.

In Ireland, ARAN is carefully monitoring the situation in New York and is standing by
ready to take action to try and possibly introduce similar Irish legislation that would
    ban horse drawn carriages in Dublin, Kilarney and elsewhere. ARAN has also
scheduled a date for a peaceful protest in Dublin to highlight the Irish horse‟s plight
                     and of course support for the USA initiative.

           JOIN ARAN’S RALLY AGAINST CRUELTY – 2009!
 If you attended ARAN‟s rally against cruelty in 2008 then you‟ll be aware as to how
   much of an amazing experience it was! On October 5th 2008 hundreds of people,
   along with members and supporters of our group and others peacefully marched
    down Dublin‟s O‟Connell Street to call for stronger laws in the upcoming animal
 welfare bill. Hundreds of kind, caring people chanted ‘There’s No Excuse for Animal
 Abuse’, the march ended at the Montrose Hotel where we organized a room to hold
speech‟s from various campaigners and a viewing of the documentary „The Witness‟.
   The event was well covered in the Irish press along with national radio stations,
  some national newspapers and wonderful coverage on TV3. The event was staged
     during world animal week which seeing hundreds of other events been held in
  countries around the world. For many of our own supporters, it was actually their
 first time coming to an ARAN event. Some of the words that were used to describe
the rally included, well organized, professional, remarkable, truly up-lighting,
  a life changing experience, effective, fun and touching. In Ireland ARAN has
scheduled our 2009 rally to take place on October 4 th. Once again we‟ll be calling on
    you to come out for this one special day to speak out for Ireland‟s abused and
                                   exploited animals.

TRINITY COLLEGE – DUMP ANIMAL EXPERIMENTS URGES ARAN
    When Author John Banbille „blasted‟ Trinity College for using dogs and other
 animals in experiments ARAN jumped on board and ensured that the national press
     and members of the public heard his appeal. Working with national Sunday
   newspaper - Sunday Tribune, ARAN sprung into action by following up with Mr
Banville‟s call with a letter been sent to Trinity College calling on the college to dump
  animal experiments. In a peaceful protest that was led by ARAN‟s „dog‟ along with
some supporters holding a banner reading „Animals Are Not Ours to Experiment On‟
they stood outside of Trinity College during a photo-call with Irish reporters wanting
   to know what was going on inside of Trinity College. The protest was covered in
   detail that Sunday in the Tribune‟s Sunday edition. Other press outlets that also
    covered our angle for the issue included Matt Cooper’s Last Word, Dublin’s
 98fm, Newstalk, Irish Independent, Irish Star and Irish Mirror. Following on
from that several ARAN members held an information stand inside of Trinity College
exposing animal experiments, others also helped to distribute leaflets and stickers in
                                many areas of the College.

  ARAN URGES BEN & JERRY’S TO USE BREAST MILK TO SAVE
                        COWS
Recently ARAN fired off a letter to Ben & Jerry’s – the maker of ice-cream calling on
the company to dump dairy milk for a humane alternative – breast milk! So why did
  we write such a letter and why did we think they would possibly use our idea? In
  Switzerland a restaurant raised headlines across Europe when they brought out a
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new menu that included 70% breast milk in their soups and dinners. ARAN‟s point to
 Ben & Jerry‟s was that cows suffer greatly in the dairy industry and that a switch to
humane breast milk volunteers would mean no cruelty to cows! But why write such a
letter? did we think the company would take up our offer? The answer is no. Shortly
after ARAN sending this letter we immediately issued a news release about our letter
    and our offer to Ben & Jerry’s – the story was picked up nationwide. Taking
  advantage of the press interest in the obvious fact that we wanted to use human
  volunteer „breast milk‟ we then used this opportunity once on the airwaves to talk
   about the cruelty of animals in the dairy industry and much more, we worked to
 ensure that we barely mentioned the „breast milk‟ letter. During one radio interview
   which barely spoke about our letter to Ben & Jerry’s, we managed to turn the
whole 20 minute radio interview into a discussion about animal rights and why killing
  animals for food is wrong and why experimenting on animals in cruel, unscientific
    and unreliable – it worked, we got press attention for the animals once again.

        ARAN ‘STOP CIRCUS SUFFERING IN IRELAND’ 2009
      ARAN continues to promote our national ‘Stop Circus Suffering in Ireland’
 campaign nationwide. Recently we staged a lively protest outside of the Department
     of Agriculture with a huge 10ft inflatable elephant with a banner reading ‘Stop
   Circus Suffering’, although the protest was on the day of a national pork re-call,
footage of our protest ended up on RTE 1 news that afternoon and evening who were
     covering the pork re-call protest outside of the Department. Whilst some of our
    supporters gathered outside to peacefully protest cruelty to animals in the Irish
     circuses, ARAN had campaigners representing ARAN‟s „Stop Circus Suffering in
Ireland‟ campaign meet with Department officials to urge them to bring in legislation
  in the new Irish animal welfare bill to ban animal act circuses. Animal Rights Action
     Network would also like to thank our campaign partners at Animal Defenders
 International for travelling to Ireland and campaign with us for Irish animals in the
      circus. We would also like to thank them for their use of their huge inflatable
   elephant that was seeing by lots of passing school children and of course for their
   great undercover footage shot in Irish circuses in 2001 and 2003 during which we
  launched in 2005 with a huge mobile billboard exposing thousands of people to the
   cruelty of the Irish circus, their footage has also been covered by UTV live news in
                  Northern Ireland when we protested circuses up there.

 Over the coming weeks Animal Rights Action Network will be rolling out a whole
    new series of campaign activities designed to raise awareness of the plight of
animals captive in the Irish circus industry and whilst we are sure it will be sometime
 before the Irish government enact legislation to end animal act circuses, we believe
our campaign which is focused on educating people to avoid patronizing circuses that
use animals to go elsewhere will be successful in time by ensuring we cut the profits
circuses are making by urging people to choose cruelty free entertainment, we know
   we can do it and we have the support of the Irish public and press behind us. If
you‟d like to know what we have planned for your city then please get in touch if you
                           can offer your help and support.

             HELP ARAN BAN FUR FARMING IN IRELAND
  ARAN has long campaigned for a ban on fur farming in Ireland. In January of 2008
 we officially launched our most intense campaign to see an end to cruel fur farming
      in Ireland for many years with a huge protest outside of the Department of
   Agriculture in Dublin which was also attended by our friends at Compassion in
   World Farming Ireland and their supporters. Since then we have met with the
Department of Agriculture and sent in submissions to call for an end to fur farming in
 the new upcoming animal welfare bill. Outside of lobbying for this change to appear
 in the animal welfare bill, ARAN has also been working hard with our members and
supporters to lobby Irish TD‟s to urge them to support our calls for a ban. Already we
 have helped to generate hundreds if not thousands of emails and letters of support
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  for the campaign to ban fur farming in Ireland, all of these letters have been sent
    directly to Agriculture minister Brendan Smith. Outside of our current lobbying
    efforts that are going on behind the scenes, we are focusing much attention on
 generating as much public awareness in the press and on the streets in cities where
 Irish fur farms still exist. Already we have had our campaign highlighted in most of
the cities. Our feedback so far suggests that the Irish government will not implement
  a ban on fur farming in the new animal welfare bill but will introduce measures to
  help enable future legislation. Over the coming months we have plans on staging
                more peaceful events to highlight fur farming in Ireland.

          WHERE DOES ARAN STAND ON ANIMAL RIGHTS?
Since our inception, Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) has long campaigned
    for a complete end to the use, abuse and exploitation of animals for human use.
Regardless of the issue, we hold a strong stance that animals have rights and that no
creature on this planet deserves to be treated in such a cruel and exploitive way. All
   animals are born free and have rights to be free from pain, suffering and neglect.
  Unfortunately in today‟s society - society still has problems recognizing this. That‟s
  why today, Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) tries our level best to work
  first of all in a professional manner, we also organize tons of creative and peaceful
  protests that are designed to draw maximum press exposure to help publicize our
work for animal rights, some can be colorful, others can be creative and of course we
strive hard to generate support and sympathy from the public and we do our utmost
   best to remain professional at all times when we are advocating for animal rights
 along with been positive and highly upbeat as the area of cruelty to animals is often
                                   a heartbreaking issue.

  We do not agree with any violence, intimidation or threatening behavior as some
  parts of the animal rights movement has had bad publicity over the years which
 have in turn made getting the animal‟s plight into the public mainstream and press
  headlines hard to achieve. We must strive our hardest to ensure that we get the
    support of the public and touch their hearts and minds and spur them to help
 animals. We must also be very mindful that the press is watching our every move
and that we need to be the animal‟s best ambassador at all times. Thankfully here in
   Ireland, Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) have built up a strong, solid
 foundation with many of our hundreds of members and loyal supporters in Ireland
and around the world - people who have long known what we stand for and what we
 are about. We are also mindful that we must strive to continue on getting positive
press coverage for the animals and thankfully we are happy to report that almost all
  press interviews we provide generally give a positive and often upbeat message
 about our work for animal rights. ARAN continues to work with many animal rights
and protection groups here in Ireland and around the world. We are always happy to
help new groups who help animals and believe that by working together we truly can
move mountains for animals. Animal Rights Action Network will also strive to remain
               loyal, committed and true to our work for animal rights.

          CRUEL ANIMAL EXPERIMENTS EXPOSED IN DKIT
    ARAN have called on the Irish government to pull funding for „Smooth Muscle
     Research Centre‟ located at the Dundalk Institute of Technology in light of
          yesterday‟s expose by leading local newspaper Dundalk Argus.

  In yet another expose of animal experiments in Ireland, the Dundalk Argus reveal
  how researchers at Smooth Muscle Research Centre (SMRC) use mice and rabbits
 that are imported into Ireland from Charles River Laboratories based in the United
    Kingdom and Mayo, Ireland for research into erectile dysfunction, urinary tract
 infections, incontinence and cardiovascular system. At SMRC, mice and rabbits are
  routinely killed and dissected so their body parts can be used in the experiments.
ARAN argues that the researchers at SMRC would be far better placed to use human

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body parts from bodies donated to science and that such work would provide human-
 relevant data while also eliminating the extra steps of having to breed the animals,
              transport them, kill them, and then use their body parts.

 “Yet again animal experiments are shown to be highly unethical, unnecessary and
       unreliable, says Stephan Wymore, Head of Research for ARAN. “Ask the
  experimenters why they experiment on animals, and the answer is: 'Because the
 animals are like us.' Ask the experimenters why it is morally OK to experiment on
      animals, and the answer is: 'Because the animals are not like us.' Animal
experimentation rests on a logical contradiction. Irish medical research needs a rapid
                               modernized shake up.”

        ARAN URGES RESTAURANTS TO GO FOIE GRAS FREE
   ARAN has just sent a letter and detailed investigation narrated by celebrity Roger
  Moore to restaurants across Dublin that serve Foie Gras calling on them to join the
international boycott of this delicacy of despair. Foie Gras production is so cruel that
       it has been banned in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Czech Republic, Finland,
Luxemburg and many more countries for been so cruel to the ducks and geese who‟s
 livers are fattened and force fed many times their own weight can suffer terribly. In
addition to ruptured stomachs and liver disease, many ducks develop foot infections,
 kidney necrosis, spleen and kidney damage, bruised and broken bills and tumor like
      lumps in their throats. Over the coming weeks ARAN will also be contacting
                          restaurants in other cities in Ireland.

  ARAN URGES IFA, IDS and WDAofI TO ABANDON DEER ‘CUL’
 ARAN has fired off strong worded letters to the Irish Farmers Association, Irish Deer
  Society and Wild Deer Society of Ireland calling on them to abandon their planned
  „culls‟ of deer that encroach onto farmers land. In an interview with the Irish Star
newspaper, Animal Rights Action Network blasted all three organizations urging them
 not to go ahead with the kill and to instead invest in sound alternatives that do not
                            involve the killing of any animal.

ARAN CALLS DROGHEDA ‘ART’ PROJECT SICKENING AND CRUEL
Animal Rights Action Network have today fired off a letter to the Drogheda Arts
Centre (DAC) urging them to abandon the use of two real dogs that will be caged up
as part of an „art‟ exhibition due to take place on February 25, 2009. The exhibition
which has been organized by Seamus Nolan, aims to „look at the organization of
unwanted objects, objects which are no longer of value, in this case dogs, exploring
how this experience might inform our cultural and social value system.‟ The two dogs
that will be used in the „art‟ project will come from the local dog pound in Louth.
Both dogs would have been taken to this pound as a result of been made homeless
or abandoned through human neglect. Both dogs will be returning back to the pound
after that exhibition and if no good homes are found for them, both will die.

„ARAN are calling on Seamus Nolan and the Drogheda Arts Council to immediately
cancel the use of these two dogs in this so called „art‟ project. This sickening idea is
nothing short of degrading to the two already helpless and suffering animals that will
be caged up and put on display. Said Siobhan Higgins, campaign coordinator with
ARAN. Drogheda Animal Rescue should also hang their heads in shame for not
speaking out about this.‟

ARAN has offered to work with Seamus Nolan to develop an „art‟ project that shows
just how much dogs suffer when they are abandoned at Christmas or for any other
particular reason in a photo display of the many tens of thousands of dogs that are
put to sleep in Irish shelters each year. The Animal Rights Action Network feels this
would be far more educational and beneficial at highlighting the devastating

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destruction rate of dogs across Ireland. The sickening wording of the project would
make any kind or caring person horrified at the thought of this project taking place.

Animal Rights Action Network is also mobilizing hundreds of it‟s supporters across
Ireland to bombard Drogheda Arts Council and Louth County Council to intervene
and stop this sickening cruel „art‟ project.

 THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS HELPED ARAN RECENTLY
(here we highlight some of the many people and groups that help and offer support to Animal
 Rights Action Network. Most we are unable to highlight due to space restraints, but we’d like
to thank everyone whom support’s ARAN, as we’re sure you know, we truly appreciate all the
                                help and support you give.)

   1. Tatiana and Thomas for helping to promote Animal Rights Action
      Network in the Polish newspaper and community in Dublin along with
      their support of our campaigns and activities.
   2. Leona Tucker for her interest in setting up a UCD animal rights group
      and helping Animal Rights Action Network and also attending our
      events. Well done to her for also writing a letter to the Irish
      Independent about Trinity College.
   3. Rita Marie Lawlor for her help and support of ARAN’s campaign work.
      A staunch Dublin supporter for animal rights and longtime vegetarian!
   4. Thanks to ARAN Member and supporter Kathleen Hogan, Mark Galvin
      and Supreme Master Television for their ongoing support of ARAN’s
      programs to help stop cruelty to animals and to promote a vegan
      lifestyle. Both are doing an amazing across Ireland and around the
      world.
   5. Nicola Rushin for her ongoing support of ARAN’s campaigns and her
      attendance to many of ARAN’s Dublin events.
   6. Lauren Bourke for her help and support with Animal Rights Action
      Network’s ongoing campaigns in the Dublin and well done for going
      vegan!
   7. Well done to ARAN member Ide Fagan for going vegetarian.
   8. Well done to ARAN member Thomas Janak for taking up veganism.
   9. Sébastien Molines for his support and attendance at various ARAN
      events in Dublin.
   10.Rodibel Igbal for his work to help animals and Animal Rights Action
      Network in Dublin.
   11.Thanks to the Irish Vegetarian Society for running a double page
      spread on Animal Rights Action Network’s national ‘Stop Circus
      Suffering in Ireland’ campaign and their interest in further ARAN
      activities.
   12.Thanks to Colm O Brian and Leanne Thompson for their great work
      with the Irish Vegetarian Society and of course longtime ARAN
      members and loyal supporters Ita and Stephen West.
   13.Thanks to Lydia Coughlan from Rathfarnham for organizing a special
      fundraiser to help Animal Rights Action Network’s ban fur farming in
      Ireland campaign.
   14.Debbie Donnelly in Galway for her help and support for ARAN.
   15.Galway member Marie Keegan for getting actively involved with
      ARAN’s campaigns.
   16.Eireen and Emily Lee for their ongoing support of Animal Rights
      Action Network and their attendance of our events in Ireland.
   17.Jacinta and Conor Rose for their help with our Anti-Fur campaign in
      Wexford
   18.Maura Jenson for her ongoing support of Animal Rights Action
      Network in Dublin

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19.Alicia Doran for her ARAN support stand at LIT in Limerick City
20.Donna and Mary gavin with their fundraising help and support
21.Trisha Mulkearns for her campaign ideas and ongoing online research
   and support for ARAN Foie Gras program.
22.Thanks to Philip Dalton and his music band for wanting to raise funds
   for ARAN’s campaigns work.
23.Thanks to Aliberation for helping to promote hare coursing finals
   demo and their constant attendance of ARAN’s activities.

24.Martin and Orla O Dwyer for their help with our ‘Ban Fur Farming in
    Ireland’ campaign and their fundraising support in Cork city.
25.Thanks to the Galway SPCA, Mayo SPCA, Monaghan SPCA, Northwest
    SPCA, Ash Animal Rescue, West Cork Animals, Animal Care Society,
    Clare Animal Welfare and Second Change Animal Rescue and more for
    helping to promote ARAN’s events on their websites and more.
26.Heather Mcgarrigle for writing and proofreading for ARAN. Heather is
    a longtime supporter based in Northern Ireland.
27.Thanks to Aria Pour for his kind offers of help and support for an
    ARAN website and his support for future ARAN events.
28.Thanks to David Murray for his ongoing support of Animal Rights
    Action Network’s work across Ireland.
29.Ray Brabazen for his support and guideance on many political issues
    we tend to work on.
30.Luke McNally for his support of Animal Rights Action Network
    campaign and outreach at Trinity College.
31.Grainne and Derek Tomlin for their ongoing support and outreach in
    Waterford.
32. Carole and Christina based in Wicklow for promoting Animal Rights
    Action Network’s ‘Stop Circus Suffering in Ireland’ campaign.




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