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Court agrees slaughterhouse sued activists in attempt to stifle free speech

­­LOS ANGELES – In a victory for free speech and farmed animals, the Los Angeles Superior Court dismissed a baseless lawsuit filed by Manning Beef, a slaughterhouse, against Los Angeles Cow Save, a group that holds vigils for animals slaughtered by Manning Beef. In April 2017, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Law Offices of Matthew Strugar, and attorney Ryan Gordon from Advancing Law for Animals filed a motion on behalf of Los Angeles Cow Save to dismiss the trespass lawsuit under the California “anti-SLAPP” (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) statute. The anti-SLAPP statute protects activists from baseless lawsuits that seek to intimidate them from exercising their right to free speech on issues of public concern. 

In its lawsuit, Manning Beef alleged that the group trespassed on its property by holding vigils on the road in front of its slaughterhouse. Los Angeles Cow Save holds these vigils to bear witness to the suffering of farmed animals and educate the public about farmed animal welfare.

The anti-SLAPP motion argued that the vigils were a form of protected speech and took place on public sidewalks, not on Manning Beef property. The City of Pico Rivera regards Manning Road, the road in front of the slaughterhouse, as a public road. Further, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has refused Manning Beef’s requests to remove protestors attending the vigils.

“The court rightly recognized that Manning Beef was attempting to stifle the First Amendment rights of Los Angeles Cow Save,” says Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells. “In this case, the anti-SLAPP statute served its purpose and protected activists working to increase public awareness about the suffering of farmed animals.”

“A SLAPP suit is the wealthy’s fit of spite,” says Animal Legal Defense Fund’s co-counsel Matthew Strugar. “Manning Beef sought to scare activists from continuing to speak out for farmed animals. The court thankfully recognized the lawsuit as a SLAPP and the activists can continue their protests without fear of this lawsuit hanging over them.”

This victory comes a few months after the Animal Legal Defense Fund won another anti-SLAPP motion in Texas, where a judge dismissed a lawsuit against the organization, its attorney, and its client, holding that the Texas anti-SLAPP statute protected their allegations of inhumane treatment of captive tigers at Houston’s Downtown Aquarium.  Activists with Toronto Pig Save have been similarly attacked. Earlier this month, the founder of Toronto Pig Save was acquitted of criminal mischief after giving water to a pig headed for slaughter in 2015.


About the Animal Legal Defense Fund

The Animal Legal Defense Fund was founded in 1979 to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. To accomplish this mission, the Animal Legal Defense Fund files high-impact lawsuits to protect animals from harm; provides free legal assistance and training to prosecutors to assure that animal abusers are punished for their crimes; supports tough animal protection legislation and fights harmful legislation; and provides resources and opportunities to law students and professionals to advance the emerging field of animal law. For more information, please visit aldf.org.

Animal Defenders International (ADI) applauds Massachusetts State Senator Bruce Tarr’s introduction of SD.2002, to prohibit traveling wild & exotic animal acts. ADI was honored to work with Senator Tarr and local advocates on the bill, reflecting increasing public recognition that these acts are both cruel and dangerous.

The Feld organization recently announced its closure of RinglingBros. circuses, citing decreased ticket sales over the last decade, a change in views from audiences, and admitting that“It isn’t relevant to people in the same way.”

The Federation of Veterinarians of Europenotes"There is little or no educational, conservational, research or economic benefit derived fromthe use of wild mammals in travelling circuses that might justify their use. In addition to thewelfare considerations, the use of wild mammals in circuses canrepresent serious animalhealth and public health and safety risks.

ADI President Jan Creamer said ADI worked closely with Senator Tarr on this effort and we know how determined he is to protect wild animals and the public from these cruel and dangerous acts. ADI’s evidence of the suffering and abuse of wild animals in circuses shows that these shows simply cannot meet the needs of wild animals in lightweight, small and mobile accommodation.

A comprehensive 2016 scientific review considered the latest science and consulted 658 experts and organizations around the world (including industry representatives), to ultimately conclude that for wild animals, this is not “a life worth living.”

Once a ban is in place, ADI has offered to assist with the relocation of circus animals should the need arise. Despite assurances from the circus industry, the physical and psychological health of animals in circuses is inevitably compromised. Animals in circuses are routinely subjected to brutal training methods and violence.

ADI has led the campaign to expose the suffering and educate the public around the world, providing video evidence, prosecutions, and expert reviews. 34 nations have reviewed the evidence and taken action to end traveling circus performances. Across 27states in the US, 68jurisdictions have already decided to either ban or restrict the use of wild animals in traveling shows, due to concerns about public safety and animal welfare.

ADI is also supporting RepresentativesRyan Costello (R-PA) andRaul Grijalva(D-AZ), who launched Traveling Exotic Animaland Public Safety ProtectionAct (TEAPSPA)in Congress last November. The congressmen have concluded that ending wild animal use is the only practical approach to deal withpublic safety issues and inspection and oversightproblems repeatedly cited by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

Following bans on the use of animals in circuses in Peru and Colombia,ADIworked with both governments to remove over 100 animals from circuses and the illegal wildlife trade last year including lions, bears, monkeys, a tiger and others. ADI rehabilitated the animals and rehomed them to their natural habitats. These rescues were popular with the public and show what can be achieved with legislators and animal protection organizations cooperating.

Join the global campaign to Stop Circus Suffering: www.stopcircussuffering.com


(Feb. 14, 2013) - Global pop icon and committed animal advocate Ke$ha will receive the prestigious Wyler Award at The Humane Society of the United States’2013 Genesis Awards Benefit Galaon Saturday, March 23, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. The HSUS’ Wyler Award is one of the animal protection organization’s highest honors and is bestowed on a celebrity or public figure for increasing awareness of animal issues via the media.

Humane Society International’s first Global Ambassador for animals, Ke$ha balances her hectic career as a platinum recording singer/songwriter and one of the world’s most dynamic performers with her outspoken stance on critical animal protection issues. Ke$ha has spread the word about street dogs, the trophy hunting of endangered lions, shark-finning, Canada’s commercial seal slaughter, dogfighting and cruelty-free cosmetics, among many other important animal welfare concerns, highlighting a different animal issue each month on her website and urging her massive fan base and social media following to take action for animals. By talking about her role with The HSUS’ international arm, Humane Society International, and her commitment to helping animals in numerous media interviews, she has brought worldwide attention to the cause.

“It means so much to me to be recognized by The Humane Society of the United States because advocating for animals is second nature to me,” said Ke$ha.“My affinity with animals and the natural world inspires me and my music. I don’t understand how anyone can justify abusing or exploiting animals, and as long as it continues, I intend to keep talking about it.”

“The animals have a bold and passionate ambassador in Ke$ha, who is not known for holding back on what she thinks,” says Beverly Kaskey, senior director of The HSUS’ Hollywood Outreach and executive producer of The HSUS’Genesis Awards Benefit Gala. “The Humane Society of the United States is grateful to Ke$ha for informing her millions of fans worldwide about new and ongoing threats to our fellow creatures, while connecting them to resources that enable them to take action.”

Global superstar Ke$ha has taken the world by storm since the release of her debut album “Animal” in 2010. That year she was declared Billboard's Hot 100 Artist and her smash debut single, "TiKToK," was named Billboard's #1 Hot 100 Song, was the most played song of that year and was the biggest-selling digital track in the world. Her debut album“Animal” has sold over 2.5 million units worldwide, and Ke$ha has had seven consecutive Top 10 hits including four #1 singles in "TiKToK," "Your Love Is My Drug," "We R Who We R," and the latest, "Die Young." Ke$ha recently released the track "C'Mon," the second single from her critically acclaimed second album, Warrior. Ke$ha has toured the world, playing over 200 live shows in support of“Animal” and its companion album, “Cannibal.” She took home the MTV EMA for Best New Act in November, 2010 and was nominated for two American Music Awards, three MTV VMA Awards and six Billboard Awards. She has performed on dozens of television programs all over the world, including MTV Europe Music Awards, Much Music Awards (Canada), Echo Awards (Germany), X Factor (Australia), American Music Awards, Billboard Awards, American Idol, Saturday Night Live and The Today Show Summer Concert Series. She has over 22 million Facebook likes, over three million Twitter followers and over 330 million views on VEVO. She has sold over 27 million combined tracks and ringtones in the U.S alone and over 34.5 million worldwide to date. Ke$ha is an international powerhouse.“Animal” has been certified Gold, Platinum or multi-Platinum in 15 markets (including Platinum in the United States) and was the biggest selling debut album from an international female in 2010 in the UK. In November, 2012, Ke$ha released her first book through Touchstone Publishing. The full-color photo journal/scrapbook entitled, “My Crazy Beautiful Life,” sheds light on Ke$ha's hectic, non-stop life on tour and provides an exclusive look into the creative process of her latest album,“Warrior.” Also in late 2012,Ke$ha announced Ke$ha Rose by Charles Albert(r), a new jewelry line that reflects the singer's distinctive personality throughout the collection.

The Wyler Award is named after former Broadway actress, animal advocate and founder of The Genesis Awards, Gretchen Wyler. Ke$ha joins Wyler Award alumni Sir Paul McCartney, Hayden Panettiere, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, Kristin Davis and Ian Somerhalder.

Honoring the news and entertainment media for their role in raising awareness of animal issues, The HSUS’ Genesis Awards Benefit Gala marks 27 years of inspiring change for animals, with this year’s event benefitting three of the organization’s top animal welfare priorities: Pets for Life, Chimps Deserve Better and Farm Animal Protection.

The HSUS’ 2013 Genesis Awards Benefit Gala is sponsored in part by Misix, One Car One Difference, Market Development Group, Prai Beauty Group, Tenet, and Havas Edge.

Follow The HSUS on Twitter. Follow The Genesis Awards on Twitter. See our work for animals on your Apple or Android device by searching for our“Humane TV” app.

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization, rated the most effective by its peers. Since 1954, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. We rescue and care for tens of thousands of animals each year, but our primary mission is to prevent cruelty before it occurs. We're there for all animals, across America and around the world. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty -- on the Web at www.humanesociety.org.

I am the founder and president of Operation Blankets of Love (OBOL), an animal welfare advocacy non-profit started in 2009. Our life-saving mission is to eliminate animal homelessness. While working toward that goal we strive to improve the lives of homeless animals while increasing their chances for adoption. We do this by providing comfort items to shelters, rescues, sanctuaries which improves the conditions found in most rescue organizations so that stray, sick, abused and neglected animals can find a measure of comfort while in the confines of cages and the like.

We also advocate animal welfare and shelter reform through service-oriented humane education, public awareness campaigns and policy work. We organize and participate in hundreds of pet adoption events while promoting “adoption is the best option.”

To my knowledge, Operation Blankets of Love is the only non-profit in the country that provides aid and comfort of this nature. And we provide it to more than 1,000 stray, sick, abused and neglected homeless animals every month in over 35 shelters and hundreds of rescue groups, farm and wildlife sanctuaries, or an estimated 24,000 animals annually.

We provide items for dogs, cats, rabbits, pot-bellied pigs, horses, and other farm animals and wildlife such as wolves, donkeys.

We collect and distribute recycled or new blankets, comforters, towels, pet beds, toys, food, treats, first aid and grooming supplies, leashes, harnesses, collars, dog igloos, cat trees and any other pet-related items. Studies show, and experts agree, that shelter animals with blankets and comfort items feel safer and more secure, happier, warm and comfortable—all of which increases their chances of being adopted.

To date, we collected over 1,000,000 items valued at over $3 million with 72 drop off locations.

Our unique, signature program engages 70+ businesses as drop-off locations covering 10 California Counties from Kern to San Diego. We also transport comfort care items for animals out-of-state and in Canada and Mexico.

The Humane Society featured Operation Blankets of Love's story and my background before I started my own non profit in their Sheltering Magazine. The article is available online should you wish to read it. The link is


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“Open letter” in Florida Today notes that TNR is effective and saves lives; offers help addressing concerns


BETHESDA, MD – Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today published an open letter to county commissioners in Brevard County, Fla. asking them to stop “chipping away” at a longstanding Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) ordinance. The TNR program has benefitted the county by effectively managing the feral cat population and has saved cats from certain death in animal shelters.

“Brevard County has served as a model for humane care for cats since 1999, when it was one of the first U.S. counties to adopt TNR, the only effective and humane approach to feral cats. Since then, thousands of communities across the nation have embraced TNR in place of catch and kill,” said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies.

Robinson said Alley Cat Allies has offered to provide community education to address any residents’ concerns, and will continue to press on the county to maintain the program. It is also rallying supporters to oppose any efforts to weaken TNR in Brevard County.

“The commissioners have started to dismantle the program, putting cats’ lives at risk,” she said. “This is the wrong direction for the county, its residents and cats.”

The letter, published in the July 18 issue of Florida Today, can also be downloaded at www.alleycat.org/BrevardCounty.


Full text of the letter as published follows:


Dear Commissioners:

In 1999, Brevard County recognized the need for a program to address feral cats. County officials knew that endlessly trapping and killing cats was a waste of taxpayer dollars and costing healthy animals their lives.

A pioneer in the United States, Brevard was among the first counties to support and encourage Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for feral cats, a lifesaving program that keeps feral cats out of shelters—where they are inevitably killed, because they are not socialized and therefore unadoptable. In a TNR program, feral cats are trapped, neutered and vaccinated (boosting community rabies prevention efforts), eartipped for identification and returned to their original outdoor home.

The community came together in support of this humane program. Residents, animal control employees, and county commissioners all wanted to stop killing healthy animals. I know, because I worked alongside the animal control director to help create Brevard’s sustainable TNR program.

For 13 years now, the TNR program has successfully kept feral cats out of shelters, decreasing the amount of tax dollars spent killing healthy animals. Neutering the cats ends the cycle of reproduction and benefits the community. There are no new kittens. The colonies stabilize and reduce over time. Behaviors associated with breeding cats—like yowling, roaming and fighting—stop.

Alley Cat Allies, our 300,000 supporters nationwide, and hundreds of concerned citizens in the county ask that you not lose sight of the reason this program was created—to save cats’ lives. The benefits to the community from this program are vital—fewer calls to animal control, fewer taxpayer dollars spent housing cats only to then kill them, and more time and money available to find homes for adoptable animals.

We understand that some issues have arisen that need to be managed, but in our experience these concerns can be addressed through public education, reminding residents that feral cats are not a threat. At your meeting on May 15, 2012, you barred volunteer caregivers from growing TNR in the county, and announced intentions to chip away at the program. The proposed changes would discourage participation and TNR will suffer countywide. This is the wrong direction.

Brevard County has served as a model. Today, thousands of communities nationwide have embraced TNR. As trustees of your county, we ask that you continue to stand behind your program. We ask compassionate citizens in Brevard County to continue to oppose any changes to county law as those changes would put cats’ lives at risk.

We know that by working together we can address any concerns without compromising the long-standing TNR program and continue to save cats’ lives. Please accept our offer to help you.


Becky Robinson


To learn more about Trap-Neuter-Return and the proposed ordinance changes visit www.alleycat.org/BrevardCounty. Concerned citizens can contact us at: 1-855-264-CATS or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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About Alley Cat Allies

Alley Cat Allies is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has more than 300,000 supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities, and organizations save and improve the lives of cats and kittens nationwide. Their web site is www.alleycat.org.

Extraordinary Animal Advocates Eligible for ASPCA’s 2012 Humane Awards

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that it is accepting nominations for the 2012 Humane Awards and invites the public to contribute submissions. The ASPCA Humane Awards honor animal heroes as well as individuals who have made a significant impact on the lives of animals during the year. The ASPCA is accepting nominations via its website at www.aspca.org/HAL.

“The ASPCA Humane Awards celebrate both two-legged and four-legged individuals who have shown exceptional dedication to the cause of improving the lives of animals,” said ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres.  “This event recognizes and extends our gratitude to those who strive to make this world a better place for animals, who depend on us to be their advocates.”

Last year’s winners include a ‘surf-ice’ dog who raised more than $125,000 for human and animal causes while riding the waves; a mother cat who survived being set on fire and went on to inspire positive change in anti-cruelty laws; a six-year-old boy who raised more than $28,000 to help build an animal shelter in his community; a police officer who made nearly 70 felony dog fighting arrests; and a former lawyer who has devoted her life to advocating for change in her city to better protect animals. Subaru of America, Inc., which has helped find homes for thousands of animals through adoption events at local dealerships across the country, and Green Chimneys, a specialized treatment facility which betters the lives of troubled youth through interaction with animals, were also honored.

ASPCA Humane Awards winners will be invited to attend the ASPCA Humane Awards Luncheon—sponsored by the Hartville Group Inc., provider of ASPCA Pet Health Insurance—on Thursday, November 8, 2012, at the Pierre Hotel in New York City, where the awards will be presented.

Categories open for nomination include:

• ASPCA Dog of the Year: for a dog who has performed a heroic act in the past year;
• ASPCA Cat of the Year: for a cat who has performed a heroic act in the past year;
• ASPCA “Tommy P. Monahan” Kid of the Year: for a child under 14 who has improved the lives of animals; and
• ASPCA Public Service Award: for a member of the municipal police force, a firefighter, or other public service officer who has made a heroic effort to save an animal in the past year, or has demonstrated a commitment to animal welfare throughout his or her career.

All submissions must include the nominee’s name, street address, email address, telephone number, the category for which he/she is being nominated, and a short statement (400 words or less) of why this person or animal deserves the award. 

The deadline for entries is Friday, June 8, at 12 p.m. (EST). Winners will be chosen by a committee selected by the ASPCA and announced to the public in mid-October. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org/HAL   

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. More than one million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org. To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to www.twitter.com/aspca.

About Hartville Group, Inc.
The Humane Awards Luncheon is sponsored by the Hartville Group, Inc., which provides ASPCA Pet Health Insurance. Based in Canton, Ohio, the Hartville Group, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is one of the largest providers of pet health insurance in the U.S., helping pet parents nationwide afford quality veterinary care. Hartville offers pet insurance through its subsidiary Petsmarketing Insurance.com Agency, Inc. under the brand names ASPCA Pet Health Insurance, Hartville Pet Insurance and Petshealth Care Plan. The Hartville Group developed ASPCA Pet Health Insurance through a strategic partnership with the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®). The Hartville Group’s Petsmarketing Insurance.com Agency, Inc. subsidiary is authorized to provide property and casualty insurance in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. ASPCA Pet Health Insurance is underwritten by the United States Fire Insurance Company. For more information about ASPCA Pet Health Insurance, visit www.aspcapetinsurance.com.


ASPCA to Honor Exceptional Animal Advocates
At 2011 Humane Awards Luncheon

WHAT:              This year’s ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) Humane Awards Luncheon, sponsored by the Hartville Group, Inc., will be held on Thursday, November 17, from 12-2 p.m. at the Pierre Hotel in New York City

WHO:               Seven outstanding animals and people—including Mittens, a badly burned cat who refused to abandon her kittens, a surfing philanthropist dog named Ricochet with a heart of gold, and Stevie Nelson, a six-year-old boy who raised more than $28,000 for his local animal shelter—will be honored at the event in New York City. The ceremony recognizes animal heroes as well as individuals who have made a significant impact on the lives of animals during the past year.

Following a nationwide call to the public for nominations in February, an ASPCA-appointed committee reviewed hundreds of entries and selected winners in six categories.

The seven winners are as follows:

  • ASPCA Dog of the Year: Ricochet
  • ASPCA Cat of the Year: Mittens
  • ASPCA “Tommy P. Monahan” Kid of the Year: Stevie Nelson
  • ASPCA Public Service Award: Sgt. David Hunt
  • ASPCA Henry Bergh Award: Green Chimneys
  • ASPCA Presidential Service Awards: Caroline Griffin & Subaru of America

Additional attendees include: Ellen and Chuck Scarborough, Sharon Handler, Linda and Benjamin V. Lambert, Elaine Langone, Margo MacNabb Nederlander, Andrea Fahnestock and George Hambrecht, Susan Slater, Wendy Carduner, Lisa McCarthy, Robert Rufino, Emilia A. Saint-Amand, Geoffrey Bradfield, Barbara Tober, Yaz Hernandez, Fernanda Kellogg, Caroline Dean, Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler, Allison Aston, Felicia Taylor, Somers Farkas, Jennifer Creel, Debbie Bancroft, Amanda and Peter Espy and Burwell Schorr.

WHEN:             Thursday, November 17, 2011 
                          Press Call Time: 10:30 p.m.
                          Registration Begins: 11:30 a.m.
                          Event Begins: 12 p.m.

WHERE:           The Pierre Hotel
                          61st Street at 5th Avenue
                          New York, N.Y.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org. To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to www.twitter.com/aspca.

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