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News of the Week, July 09, week 4

Posted in Dossier / News of the Week by ALib on the July 29th, 2009

News of the Week

Please read articles below:

Judge John Deed – Movie Event (Week 5).
The screening of “Everyone’s Child” from the popular television series “Judge John Deed” will mark the final Animal Rights July Movie events this Wednesday (29th July).
Event organised and presented by Roger Yates.
Article 1.

Hair Dyes – Vegan?
Hair dyes have become very popular in the last few decades whether it’s to change hair colour or covering up some grey areas. But many are tested on non humans and many have health risks to humans.
So what to look out for to avoid someone dying for dye?
Article 2.

Plastic Fishes instead for La Mer.
Crème de la Mer has for the second time in 3 years being forced to remove animals from their store in Dublin Airport due to starvation or suffocation by the AR group AFAR.
Article 3.


Low Attendances at Circuses.
Circus Gerbola has departed company with the Duo Borcini act “due to the very low numbers attending the circus”. The Duo Borcini act exploits 3 Seal lions for mindless entertainment. Circus Gerbola is propped up by taxpayer’s grants of €48,000 per year.
Article 4.

Another Greyhound Racing Track Closes.
Hull’s greyhound racing track The Boulevard became the 3rd greyhound track to close in the last year in the UK and one of over 20 to close since 1997.
Article 4.

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Judge John Deed, Animal Rights July

Posted in Events by ALib on the July 28th, 2009

Judge John Deed

The screening of “Everyone’s Child” from the popular television series “Judge John Deed” will mark the final Animal Rights July Movie events this Wednesday (29th July).
Event organised and presented by Roger Yates.

The series was created by the Vegan playwright G.F. Newman and the episode looks at an animal rights hunger striker and a vegan boy who refuses a heart transplant for ethical reasons.

Dr. Roger Yates who organized and presented the Movies Events will again introduce and facilitate a question and answers forum at the end of the screening.

For more info:
On Human-Nonhuman Relations

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Circus Gerbola stops using Sea Lions.

Posted in Blood Sports / Entertainment by ALib on the July 28th, 2009

Low Attendences at Circus

Circus Gerbola has departed company of the Duo Borcini act “due to the very low numbers attending the circus”. The Duo Borcini act exploits 3 Seal lions for mindless entertainment.

In a press release for Circus Watch Ireland, written on the 13th of July 2009, spokeswoman Nuala Donlon describes what she saw of how the circus existence is affecting the health of these nonhuman animals:
“I saw this circus earlier in the year and it was very clear that the two sea lions in question were acting out the typical stereotypic behaviours of all highly institutionalised animals, swaying constantly from side to side and weaving their heads in a highly distressing manner.

Three adult sea lions shared a small tank which was contained in


the back of a truck.”

The Arts Council of Ireland partly pays for animal slavery with much needed tax payers money. Gerbola received €48,000 for each of last 2 years.

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La Mer ends using Fishes in Dublin Airport

Posted in General news by ALib on the July 28th, 2009

Plastic Fishes instead for La Mer

Crème de la Mer has for the second time in 3 years being forced to remove animals from their store in Dublin Airport due to starvation or suffocation.

Three years ago the Animal Rights group the Alliance For Animal Rights (AFAR) reported that seahorses were left to die through suffocation in tanks and then replaced with new seahorses.
AFAR were informed that the tank was filled 4 times before Crème de la Mer stopped replacing the dead seahorses with live seahorses and after a demonstration at the airport.

This year the tanks in the same store were the site of starving fishes. These animals were “just covered up and replaced by live fish” according to AFAR.


Crème de la Mer, who is owned by Estee Lauder, has finally stopped buying fishes in this store. Instead of the reported fishes eating other fishes, visitors to the store or Dublin airport will see plastic fish.

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Hull’s greyhound racing track closes down.

Posted in General news by ALib on the July 28th, 2009

Another Greyhound Racing Track closes.

Hull’s greyhound racing track, The Boulevard, closed last month on the 27th of June in the UK. The Boulevard had reopened in 2007 and now less than 2 years later are forced to shut their doors.

This is the latest Greyhound Track to shut down in an industry which is responsible for an estimated 40,000 disposed greyhounds each year between the UK and Ireland.

The Irish and UK greyhound racing industry have a dependent relationship on each other with a reported 75 – 80% of all greyhounds exploited for racing in the UK coming from Ireland.

The Boulevard track joins both the Smallmead track in Reading and Walthamstow track in London to close in the last year.


Smallmead closed after 33 years on the 19th of Oct 2008 and the Walthamstow track, which is regarded by many as the flagship track of the UK greyhound racing industry closed last year on the 16 Aug 2008.

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News of the Week, July 09, week 3

Posted in Dossier / News of the Week by ALib on the July 19th, 2009

News of the Week

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The AR Debate, Abolition or Regulation – Movie Event (Week 4).
Gary L. Francione, Distinguished Professor of Law and Philosophy at Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, USA, will give a lecture on ‘The Animal Rights Debate: Abolition or Regulation’ at 7pm, UCD.
Article 1.

“Sweet” Cakes (In name and in reality).
ALiberation interviews the Dublin based vegan bakery named Sweet. They sell the best cupcakes in Dublin and are a treat for the eye, the tongue and animals.
Article 2.

Good Night, Johnny Cash.
The Johnny Cash Tribute night in the Button Factory last Thursday went very well. A good turnout helped the launch of the Irish Vegan Society. Good tunes by good bands and an raffle to boot.
Article 3.


“A Cow at my Table” Review.
Week three of Animal Rights July was the most successful yet with a number of new people coming to see the film and join the discussion afterwards.
Article 4.

“Home” Review.
A showing of the film Home was the main event in the 2nd week of “Animal Rights July.” “HOME” is not about animal rights but it does spell out clearly the connections between meat eating and climate change.
Article 4.

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Johnny Cash Tribute, review

Posted in Events by ALib on the July 19th, 2009

Good night, Johnny Cash

The Johnny Cash Tribute night in the Button Factory last Thursday went very well. A good turnout helped the launch of the Irish Vegan Society.

Different styles of music bands played different Johnny Cash songs. In the intervals Johnny himself was played on the big screen.

The Irish Vegan Society sends their thanks to all those who attended and also those who participated in the auction of an oil painting of Johnny Cash, by artist Peter Reece (see picture). The proceeds of which will go to a worthwhile charity.

And they also send on a special thanks to the organizer, who knows himself who is he, the artist and the bands who helped make the night a success.


make the night a success. (The Folsom Five, The Bionic Rats, Bastard sons of Boris Karloff, Delphine and Them, Primitevo, The Pavement Kings, Ben Prevo)
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Gary Francione, Animal Rights July Press Release

Posted in Events by ALib on the July 19th, 2009

The AR Debate:
Abolition or Regulation?

Gary L. Francione, Distinguished Professor of Law and Philosophy at Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, USA, will give a lecture on ‘The Animal Rights Debate: Abolition or Regulation’ at 7pm, Theatre ‘L’, UCD (Newman building).

This interactive lecture, in which audience members can ask questions after the principal address, will be held live via satellite* from the USA.

Francione is the intellectual leader of the ‘abolitionist approach’ to animal rights www.abolitionistapproach.com
and is the most important scholar writing about human-nonhuman relations at the present time.

His book, Animals as Persons (2008) is the latest in a body of work, begun in the 1990s, in which he sets out his vision of animal rights. At its core, the abolitionist approach to animal rights argues that nonhuman animals have the right not to be the property of human beings.


Francione argues that their property status renders animal welfare attempts to regulate the use of animals (as food, scientific models, items of clothing, etc.) virtually meaningless theoretically but also as a practical matter.

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A Cow at my Table, Review, Animal Rights July

Posted in General news by ALib on the July 17th, 2009

A Cow at my Table Review

Week three of Animal Rights July was the most successful yet with a number of new people coming to see the film and join the discussion afterwards.

Before the evening’s film, A Cow at My Table, event organiser Roger Yates showed a short powerpoint presentation about how themes in the documentary coincided with aspects of his sociological research.

For example, with contributions from people such as philosopher Tom Regan, ecofeminist Vandana Shiva, and Carol Adams, author of The Sexual Politics of Meat, the film shows how we are socialised as meat eaters when we are children.

Roger’s work in this area (Read: The Species Barrier - ‘Maintenance’. ) includes looking at some of the early-learning books and other products specifically made for children which explicitly teaches them that the moral issue is not animal use but animal treatment.


We are effectively socialised as animal welfarists who want and expect the ‘non-cruel use’ of animals, he said.

As well as lots of interesting archive footage (for example, animal industry film showing that they call modern animal farms, ‘factories’), A Cow at My Table features industry representative, Susan Kitchen - a nasty piece of work to be sure.

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Duffy’s Report 30th June - 2nd July

Posted in ALiberation Demo Reports by ALib on the July 17th, 2009

Animal Enslavers Move to Clontarf

Duffy’s circus arrived in Clontarf, co Dublin, on Tuesday, 30th June. Activists were present every day of the week, from 6.30pm till 8pm outside the circus.

This was the 4th site that the non human animals were forced to be hauled to in the space of 10 days. This is a common practice with circuses where animals will travel thousands of miles a year from temporary site to temporary site in the back of crammed trailers or “beast wagons”.

Activists informed the public about life for non human animals in a circus from 6.30pm till 8pm.
There was a good reaction from the passing cars and pedestrians and would carry on pretty much this way for the week.

A curious practice from a few of the parents with children was noted as they entered the circus and this practice was seen a few

times over the next few days.[…]

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HOME Review, Animal Rights July

Posted in General news by ALib on the July 17th, 2009

HOME Review


World Environment Day (June 5th, 2009) saw the global launch of “THE HOME PROJECT.” “HOME” is a new environmental film, directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and produced by Luc Besson.

Using high definition aerial photography from over 60 countries, the documentary is the story of the Earth’s ecosystem and the damage present-day human beings are doing to it.

A showing of the film was the main event in the second week of “Animal Rights July.”
“HOME” is not about animal rights but it does spell out clearly the connections between meat eating and climate change. In this sense, it is much better that Al Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Truth, which shied away from making this link.

Before the main film, Animal Rights July organiser, Roger Yates, showed a powerpoint presentation underlining the issues that are of concern for environmental campaigners and


animal rights advocates.

With information from the International Water Management Institute, World Watch Institute, Environmental Protection Agency, International Water Institute, and the environmental correspondent of the Guardian newspaper, John Vidal, the presentation demonstrated that meat eating has become a ‘driving force’ behind all the major environmental problems such as…

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News of the Week, July 09, week 1

Posted in Dossier / News of the Week by ALib on the July 7th, 2009

News of the Week

Please read articles below:

Review of Week 1 of Animal Rights July
The Animal Rights July series of movie events kicked off with a televised debate made back in 1989 called A Bill of Rights for Animals?”

Although now 20 years old, this fascinating discussion highlighted how the same arguments that are still being used today when animal rights are mentions. Read on.
Article 1.

Saving our Home. Animal Rights July
Movie Event (Wk 2)
Press Release, by Roger Yates.
Article 2.

Vegan isn’t a Dirty word
By Bob Torres, Vegan Freak March 6, 2009.
Article 3.


Johnny Cash – Tribute
7 bands will play Johnny Cash songs on the 16th of July. Proceeds will go toward the Vegan Society. So if you’re a fan of the Man in Black, come along to the Button Club in Dublin 2.
Article 4.

Upcoming Events
Please come out to demos for next week, see upcoming events.
Article 5.

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