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March 23, 2016 LAS VEGAS, NV—According to the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino ticketing office, Dirk Arthur’s Wild Magicshow - the last Las Vegas act featuring exotic animals - has been canceled. Animal Defenders International (ADI) calls the news a welcome victory for the white tigers, snow leopard, panther, and other exotic cats used as props in the controversial show. A local entertainment site,VegasBright,announced the show had “abruptly closed” and refunds are being offered to ticket holders.

ADI previously released videoofthe extreme confinement and environmental deprivation suffered by exotic cats in Dirk Arthur’s Wild Magic show when it opened at the Westgate last year. The exotic cats appear only minutes onstage, but for this endure around six hours a day in tiny travel cages and prop boxes barely larger than their bodies. 

When not performing, the animals are warehoused in a series of small cement and chain link cells in Dirk Arthur’s backyard, in a residential area of Las Vegas. The tigers were observed performing abnormal, repetitive, stereotypic behaviors, which experts consider are indicative of stress and poor welfare.(A tiger’s natural range varies from 12 to almost 300 square miles.)

Dirk Arthur’s controversial show has a history of animal welfare violations, and has been condemned by animal care experts and a former Las Vegas animal illusionist. He has been cited numerous times by the USDA for violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including a 2013 citation for declawing two juvenile tigers and a juvenile lion. Declawing is a painful, often debilitating procedure prohibited by the USDA, that amputates part of each of the cat’s toes and commonly leads to chronic health problems. Arthur has been previously cited for enclosures that are too small to allow cats “normal postural and social adjustments and adequate freedom of movement,” including the ability to exercise. ADI has been urging Westgate to cancel this cruel act.

Jan Creamer, ADI President: “Once the Las Vegas Strip was dominated by acts featuring lions and tigers, but times are changing and the public is turning their back oninhumane entertainment. In recent weeks, we've seen indications Cole Bros. Circus may be going animal-free, Ringling Bros. is taking their elephants off the road, and now Vegas is finally rid of these inherently abusive exotic animal acts. Now it is time for Dirk Arthur to retire these cats to a reputable sanctuary.



News and Entertainment Media in 15 Categories Receive the Nod for Positive Animal Welfare Messaging

(Feb. 22, 2013) – The Humane Society of the United States has named Universal Picture’s “Big Miracle,” Imax/Warner Bros.’ “To the Arctic” and Sony Pictures’ “Darling Companion” among the diverse selection of nominees in contention for its 2013 Genesis Awards, which honor the news and entertainment media for their role in raising awareness of animal issues. Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” and “Futurama,” and NBC’s “The New Normal” are in the running for the Genesis Sid Caesar Comedy Award, while ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” NBC’s “Harry’s Law and FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” are up for the dramatic series award.

Winners in select categories will be presented at The HSUS’ Genesis Awards Benefit Gala, hosted by “Dancing with the Stars” Carrie Ann Inaba, on Saturday, March 23, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

In broadcast news, NBC’s “Rock Center with Brian Williams” and “Nightly News,” ABC’s “20/20,” “Nightline” and “World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer,” and CBS’ “60 Minutes,” “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,” and “CBS This Morning” are all in line for the hotly contested Genesis newsmagazine, national news and morning show awards.

On the cable television front, HBO’s “One Nation Under Dog” takes on Discovery’s “Ivory Wars” and Animal Planet’s “Street Dog of South Central” for the Genesis TV Documentary award. And in reality programming, Nat Geo’s “Wild Justice” and “Philly Undercover” are nominated alongside Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell,” and MSNBC’s “Caught on Tape.”

“For 27 years, the Genesis Awards have celebrated the power of the media to shed light on animal protection issues,” said Beverly Kaskey, senior director of HSUS’ Hollywood Outreach and executive producer of The Genesis Awards Benefit Gala. “This year one nominee, ‘Big Miracle,’ reflects the Genesis credo with its true account of how one TV reporter’s story triggers a worldwide effort to save a family of imperiled whales, proving that the media can and does make a difference.”

2013 Genesis Awards Nominations


BIG MIRACLE Universal Pictures
DELHI SAFARI Fantastic Films International, LLC
TO THE ARCTIC Imax /Warner Bros.


GREY’S ANATOMY “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” ABC

HARRY’S LAW “Gorilla My Dreams” NBC

SONS OF ANARCHY “J'ai Obtenu Cette" FX



THE COLBERT REPORT Representative Steve King on dogfighting Comedy Central

FUTURAMA “31st Century Fox” Comedy Central



IVORY WARS Discovery Channel

ONE NATION UNDER DOG: Stories of Fear, Loss and Betrayal HBO




MY CAT FROM HELL Animal Planet


WILD JUSTICE Nat Geo Channel



20/20 “Deadly Pets” ABC

60 MINUTES “The Race to Save The Tortoise” CBS

INSIDE EDITION “Cockfighting Investigation” Syndicated

NIGHTLINE “The Ugly Truth Behind High Stepping Horses” ABC

ROCK CENTER WITH BRIAN WILLIAMS “At What Cost?”, “Ken and Rosie, “Last Stand” NBC





NBC NIGHTLY NEWS “Hurricane Sandy: Protecting Our Pets”


CBS THIS MORNING “Shark Tagging”



KDVR-TV DENVER FOX 31 NEWS AT NINE "Saving the Discarded Dogs"

KNBC 4 NEWS "Bunny Trafficking"

WOIO TV 19 ACTION NEWS "Busted in Oklahoma" and "An Exotic Homecoming"


NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE “Animals? Show Me the Money!” Nickelodeon


60 MINUTES “Jungle Warfare” Nine Network Australia

CARTE BLANCHE “Damien’s Rhino War,” “Elephant Birth Control,” “Mauritius Cattle Ship” M-Net South Africa




NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC “Cheetahs on the Edge” by Roff Smith, “Ivory Worship” by Bryan Christy,“Rhino Wars” by Peter Gwin

TIME “Beasts of Burden” by Bryan Walsh


THE NEW YORK TIMES Nicholas D. Kristof “Is an Egg for Breakfast Worth This?”

THE CHATTANOOGAN.COM Roy Exum multiple part series on Tennessee Walking Horse soring


THE SACRAMENTO BEE three-part series on Wildlife Services by Tom Knudson



SOUTH ASIA MAGAZINE (Pakistan) “Animal Welfare in Islam” by Aiman Reyaz and

“Law of the Land” by Anees Jillani with commentary by Syed Rizvi

THE STAR (South Africa) “Silencing the Seals” and “Slaughter on the Sand” by Kristen van Schie

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.

Photo credit: Big Miracle: Darren Michaels/Universal Pictures

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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 humanesociety.org.




Cagney & Lacey: The Complete Series

Landmark TV Series Set Entertainment Standard
Was Groundbreaking in Its Impact on Women’s Issues

Marking 30th Anniversary of Iconic Show’s Premiere, Complete Series Run
Starring Tyne Daly & Sharon Gless (93+ Hours) to be Released for the
1st Time in Any Home Entertainment Format in Special Collector’s Set
Shooting Onto DVD in Stores Across the U.S., Oct. 16th

TORONTO — Oct. 1, 2012 — For Immediate Release — Long before Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU) or Catherine Willows (Marge Helgenberger, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) eschewed feminine wiles and employed their smarts to break barriers and muscle their way onto the elite, male-dominated detective squad, there was Cagney & Lacey, the landmark show that paved the way.

Now, for the 30th anniversary celebration of the hit show’s television premiere, the complete series starring
Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless (seasons two through seven) will be released for the first time in any home entertainment format in a special collector’s set, Cagney & Lacey: The Complete Series (32 discs, 119 episodes, 93+ hours). Iconic television at its best, available in stores across the U.S. Oct. 16 with an SRP of $139.99

Also Available: Limited-Edition Collector’s Set
With an Additional 29 Hours of Special Features
Online Only at www.cagneyandlacey.com

Also available, online only, with a $169.99 SRP is a special 30th anniversary limited-edition collector’s set
(36 discs), with an additional 29 hours (approx.) of special features, including: the feature-length, made-for-television, 1981 film of the same name, starring Loretta Swit as Cagney and with Daly originating the role of Lacey, from which the series was spun off  •  the series’ premiere season (six episodes) with Meg Foster as Cagney  •  four made-for-TV films, which aired after the series finale, The Return (1994), Together Again (1995), The View Through the Glass Ceiling (1995) and True Convictions (1996) •  exclusive, personal interviews with Gless (who assumed the role of Cagney in season two), Daly and series’ producer, two-time Emmy- and Golden Globe-winner Barney Rosenzweig  •  footage from the British Film Institute’s recent 30th anniversary celebration event  •  the audiobook (12 hours) of Rosenzweig’s book, Cagney & Lacey … and Me: An Inside Hollywood Story OR How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blonde. Additionally, enclosed is a fan photo personally autographed by Daly and Gless.

Cagney & Lacey – which aired on CBS for seven seasons (1981-88) – was not only an enormously popular series that set entertainment industry standards and broke records, but was groundbreaking in its impact on women’s issues and other provocative topics (off-limits on most shows of the day) such as sexuality, equal pay, workplace ethics and politics, sexual harassment, domestic violence, date rape, incest, breast cancer, abortion, illegal immigration, addiction and other complex social/personal themes. Frequently controversial, the show fought a virtually ongoing battle with the network’s standards and practices office.

Featuring two women as the central characters was a pretty “far-out” concept in 1981 … But the iconic crime drama hit a nerve, becoming so much a part of the era’s lexicon that it was utilized to illustrate liberal, feminist stories on such hard-hitting news shows as 60 Minutes, Nightline and CBS Reports. The characters were so engrained in pop culture that, years after the show’s finale, the  international media even referred to political mavericks Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein (both D-Calif.) as “Senate’s Cagney & Lacey.”

Although CBS announced plans to cancel the show – not once but three times –  fiercely loyal fans’ letter  campaign protests (an effort promoted by the National Organization for Women, among others) prompted the network to reconsider … But with Gless then joining the cast as Cagney.  The series went on to draw 30 million viewers a week and garnered 36 Emmy Award nominations and 14 wins – including two for “Best Drama Series” and  combined “Best Actress” wins for six years in a row, a streak unmatched to this day in any major category – as well as two Golden Globe Awards and a host of other honors.

The Museum of Broadcast Communications called it “… deservedly, one of the most widely discussed programs in television history.” Wrote the London Telegraph about a reunion celebration last year in the U.K. (where the show was equally popular), “The near-hysteria and deep affection are testament to the success of the series. It was, and remains, quite something: One of the very few popular shows on television ever to show real women living real lives and coping with real problems.”

In Cagney & Lacey, Christine Cagney (Gless) and Mary Beth Lacey (Daly) are New York City police detectives who lead very different lives. Both are tough and street smart, but Gless is a single, career-minded woman, while Lacey (who has a softer side) is a married mother, juggling family and work, along with the resulting guilt. Set in Manhattan’s 14th Precinct (Midtown South) the crime-solving duo maintain a close camaraderie both on and off the job. As they track down clues – despite obstacles imposed on women of the era – the series also tackles social and/or personal issues each episode that were considered taboo on other shows of the day and were frequently controversial.

The Cagney & Lacey: 30th Anniversary Limited-Edition Collector’s Set was curated by Rosenzweig, who laughs, “Without Cagney and Lacey, there never would have been a Thelma and Louise, Kate and Allie or Murphy Brown. There is no truth to the rumor that I once claimed that without this dynamic duo there never would have been an Eleanor Roosevelt, but still ... Well, I’m just sayin’ ...”

About Visual Entertainment, Inc:
Visual Entertainment, Inc. (VEI) releases contemporary and classic television programming, across a wide variety of genres, on DVD and Blu-ray. Launched in 2004 and headquartered in Toronto, Canada, VEI boasts a library of 80 titles, licensed from Universal/NBC, MGM, CBS and ITV, among others. VEI serves the collectible, fan marketplace with contemporary hit series (Hell’s Kitchen), popular classic series (Cagney & Lacey, McMillan & Wife, Diagnosis Murder), hard-to-find television (The Invisible Man), cult (Earthworm Jim); and more. Visit us online at: www.visualentertainment.tv

Cagney & Lacey: The Complete Series (32 Discs)
Cagney & Lacey: The Complete Series Limited Edition (36 Discs)
Visual Entertainment, Inc.
Genre:  Classic TV/Police Drama
Original Production (1981-1996)
Not Rated
Full Screen / Aspect Ratio: 4x3 / Stereo
Format:  DVD Only
Running Time:  Approx. 93 ½ Hours (Plus Approx. 29 Hours Special Features/Limited Edition Only)


Talkin Pets Show News
Saturday, Aug. 18, the 231st day of 2012. There are 135 days left in the year.

Fort Worth, TX, December 8, 2011 – Vocal Trash is a unique troupe of environmental performers who have been engaging audiences nationwide with their exciting brand of entertainment. They have made guest appearances on Fox 21 in Colorado, on Good Morning Texas, and been featured in various newspaper articles.

2011 marks the tenth anniversary of this exciting, energetic group whose music is a mixture of pop, rock, swing and classic oldies that relates to all ages and crosses many cultural barriers. During this ten year period they have not only brought top rate, upbeat entertainment to audiences, but have used their music to make a positive influence on children by bringing awareness to our planet – quite a legacy to leave for future generations.

Their combination of traditional instruments together with a percussion section made of trash cans, metal objects, water bottles and other recycled items, makes a uniquely exciting presentation that teaches children to use their imagination in a meaningful and lasting way when it comes to recycling. By incorporating items that would normally end up in a landfill into their performance, they have created a powerful tool to reach young minds and made it fun!

Their energetic, high octane show is a hit at every venue - whether it’s Vegas, Madison Square Garden, State Fairs or corporate events. In demand nationwide, Vocal Trash plays to a full house at every performance. Audiences love their unique blend of first class singing, industrial style drumming, comedy antics, and award-winning break-dancing – described as “Glee with a kick!”   “It’s an energy thing,” says creator Steve Linder. This may just well be an understatement. Unlike many shows, it is the entire troupe that makes this seamless ensemble performance such a thrilling and enlightening experience. Their whole performance is an astounding display of excellence, synchronization, excitement, precision and musicianship. When it comes to diversity Vocal Trash is, without a doubt, the ultimate variety show woven in urban tapestry.  This talented team has been incorporating recycling into every show for years - long before “green” was cool. Part street performers, part recycling gurus, these entertaining personalities make upcycling and recycling fun for kids of all ages – and makes them one of the most positive role models in entertainment today. While not yet a household name, judging from their fan base it won’t take this Broadway-style stage show long to become one. Their show travels coast to coast, appearing at some of the country’s largest theaters, festivals and state fairs, and during their “off-season” they perform for major corporations like American Airlines.   You might ask, “What does recycling have to do with a high energy variety show?” It starts with seven dedicated musicians, extensively trained in the performing arts, who like to get their point across by playing car parts, trash cans, lids, water bottles, barrels, pots, buckets and brooms. Their ‘point,’ featured in their song lyrics and their one-of-a-kind instruments constructed from recycled materials, is that this ‘green team’ is out to save the planet!  Please read the amazing testimonials from clients, and check out this dynamic group on their website at: www.vocaltrash.net.


Tour Dates:

Dec 31  Pasco, WA  New Year's Tri-Cities - Columbia Basin College

Danny Aguilar, Delaware State Fair: “If you want a high energy show, with standing room only crowds, Vocal Trash is the way to go. They have been a huge entertainment hit for our patrons and they demand Vocal Trash return each year…family entertainment at its best!”

Vicki Imperati, Rhinebeck Events & Marketing: “Vocal Trash continues to present a high energy and entertaining show to our fair going public. Without a doubt, one of our most sought after groups at the fair!”

Candus Barnum, The Puyallup Fair & Events Center: “Amazing vocals – high energy – entertaining for all ages – a must see!”

Lisa Maldonado, Keller PTA: “…a wonderfully energetic and educational assembly…you are such professional role models.”