“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” ― Elie Wiesel
Our next protest against fur and trapping will be held April 20, 2013 on Hazen Drive in Concord, NH. This is the day of the annual event at the NH Fish and Game headquarters Discover Wild NH Day at which the NH Fur Trapper's Association is promoted.
If you are interested in ending trapping in New Hampshire please check out our Facebook page and don't forget to sign the petition. The petition is for NH residents only. Thanks!
Fur-Free Friday November 23, 2012
Protesters of the NH Animal Rights League (NHARL) picketed NH Fish and Game in Concord, NH, on Friday, November 23, 2012. This protest was in acknowledgment of Fur-Free Friday, the day on which animal advocates all around the globe educate holiday shoppers about the cruel fur industry.
The Fish and Game site was chosen because of the agency’s brutal fur trapping policy, allowing long trapping seasons and the cruel use of steel jaw leghold traps, Conibear traps, and drowning snares. Fur trapping in NH is a recreational activity which causes extreme pain and great suffering to animals. Its purpose is to generate income for Fish and Game through selling licenses. It supplies the marketplace with an unnecessary product that serves merely as a status symbol since we have many fabrics today which supply warmth to the wearer. Fur is no longer necessary.
Besides the pain endured by an animal tearing at his flesh and bones in order to escape from his trap, the cruelty of the trapper’s killing methods should not be overlooked. Fish and Game violates its own New Hampshire cruelty statute by choosing not to regulate the methods by which a trapper kills his victim--be it drowning, bludgeoning, or suffocating--all methods considered inhumane by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) under its euthanasia guidelines.
Coincidentally, and quite tragically, a bald eagle was caught in a leghold trap set by a licensed trapper and perhaps targeting a coyote, on the day before Thanksgiving in Salem, NH. Along with their extreme cruelty, leghold traps are indiscriminate and often catch unintended victims or “non-targets.” It is estimated that for every one targeted species, two non-targeted animals are caught in traps. Non-targeted animals include domesticated animals and many birds. The eagle that was trapped and released in Salem is just one incident that the public has been made aware of. More often than not, such incidents go unreported.
NHARL asks all shoppers not to buy products made of or trimmed with fur. Thank you for saving NH wildlife lives through your caring and humane actions.
Many of you have probably heard about Bill and Lou, the two oxen in Vermont many activists are trying to save from slaughter. This is the press release we sent out when we went there to protest. To read more about Bill and Lou, to get updates, and to find out what you can do please go to this Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-Bill-and-Lou/371275146280425?fref=ts
October 23, 2012
The NH Animal Rights League in conjunction with independent animal rights activists from Vermont and New Hampshire will protest Green Mountain College (GMC) on Friday, October 26, 2012 from 12:00AM to 3:00 PM on the corner of College St. and Main Street in Poultney, VT. This protest is regarding GMC’s decision to send two oxen to slaughter. The oxen, Bill and Lou, have spent the last ten years at GMC as working oxen. Over the summer one ox sustained an injury. GMC’s reason to send both to slaughter, is that Bill and Lou are so attached to each other and will not work with another ox or separately. The school, in an unofficial statement, indicated that the two oxen show tremendous anxiety when apart. Their solution is to send both to slaughter. This protest is to convince GMC to stop the slaughter of Bill and Lou, and allow them sanctuary. VINE Sanctuary in Vermont has offered to take Bill and Lou in at no cost to the school. This would provide a peaceful setting for Bill and Lou to rest out their final days.
The Bill and Lou story has garnered global attention. National, and international animal welfare agencies, as well as Animal Rights activists from every corner of the earth have rallied behind this pair, and the public outcry has been immense. Social media outlets are alight with this issue. Part of Bill and Lou’s history is that they started as rescue animals. Their story is sad enough, after being rescued and providing the school with hard work for 10 years. Thus, we feel it only fair that they should be sent to VINE Sanctuary.
The sparing of Bill and Lou from slaughter is not to be conflated with any dietary issues. Saving Bill and Lou is not about vegan versus meat eating belief systems. Simply put, Bill and Lou have become companion animals, and after many hard years of work for the school, they deserve comfortable retirement instead of the abattoir.