Now, more than ever, pigs need to unite and take to the streets in protest against atrocities against all creatures great and small. From innocent dogs used in the sadistic and shameful abuses in Iraq to tiny mice whose backs will be broken by Ohio State University for spinal cord injury experiments – we need to stand up for our rights.

One group who is on our side are the kids putting on the Liberation Now! National Student Animal Rights Conference. It will be October 29-30 at the University of California-Berkeley near San Francisco. According to the announcement, “Liberation Now!” is the animal rights movement’s biggest event dedicated to bringing together students and youth in the struggle for animal rights. If you’d like to attend, the early registration fee is only $10, and free and low-cost food and lodging are available. Contact them at:, or go to:

As I write, hundreds of thousands of humans are marching in New York City to show their disdain for the current man in the big White House. All of them have a myriad of concerns that make them against his re-defeat, but I feel the need to remind them about another disturbing issue.

Animal People informs us that “an alert for American voters and humane educators everywhere appeared in a New York Times feature on the childhood of Republican candidate for U.S. president George W. Bush — if anyone noticed.

The article reports: “One of the local rituals for children, reported Nicholas D. Kristof, of life in Midland, Texas, when George W. was a boy, were meetings with cookies and milk at the home of a nice old lady who represented the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). The cookies were digested more thoroughly than the teachings.

“We were terrible to animals,” recalled [Bush pal Terry] Throckmorton, laughing. A dip behind the Bush home turned into a small lake after a good rain, and thousands of frogs would come out. “Everybody would get BB guns and shoot them,’” Throckmorton said. “Or we’d put firecrackers in the frogs and throw them and blow them up.” Kristof made plain that “we” explicitly included George W. Bush . . . .”

Whoa! That explains a lot: that heartless sarcasm when death row prisoners were executed; that shit-eatin’ smirk when confronted with his lies about Iraq that cost thousands of people and animals their lives; and his compassionately conservative f*&k-you atttitude toward anyone whose not in his elite crowd. Sorry for my pig-French, but I must agree with those demonstrators in NYC. It’s hard for me to get out these days with my bad eyes and bad joints, but I’m voting absentee this year. Maybe you should too. From what I hear, your electronc vote has no paper trail and this election season is ripe for fraud.

On another “stand up for your animal rights” note, there’s Halloween coming up and that brings to mind ghouls, goblins and . . . bats. Here’s what says to enlighten us about our fellow creepy creatures:

“Bats are among the most beautiful and gentle animals on earth. They are vital to the ecosystem and enhance our lives in many ways. Insect eating bats eat millions of bugs nightly, and fruit bats bring us approximately 450 commercial products. Yet for all they do, bats are continually killed due to myths, superstition and fear. The life expectancy of a single bat exceeds 20 years, but slow birth rates limit their population growth. When just five bats are needlessly killed, a potential 100 years of animal life is destroyed.

“Bat World Sanctuary was founded in 1994 and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission includes rescue, rehabilitation, release and sanctuary. Each year we rescue thousands of bats that might otherwise die. Lifetime sanctuary is given to non-releasable bats, including those that are orphaned, injured, confiscated from the illegal pet trade and retired from zoos and research facilities.”

If you find an injured or abandoned bat, you can take it to the Ohio Wildlife Center, 614-793-wild.

See the Boycott next page for more animal rights info. Peace snout!

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