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From Francesco Marciuliano, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling book
I Could Pee on This, comes the political cat book today’s felines (read: humans) so
desperately need. Written in the style of free-verse poetry, CLAW THE SYSTEM
(October 2018, $12.99) echoes the fears, frustrations, and concerns conjured by
today’s political climate through the mouths and typing paws of cats.
Watch the uprising unfold through anthems such as “I Need This To Stop,”
“What Do I Do with My Anger,” “How Can You Sleep?” and “A New Dawn.” Show
support for your feline friends and try to understand why they’re so spitting mad.
Wise beyond their appearance, these cats dauntlessly articulate their dread, their
anger, and their resolve, imploring humans everywhere to rise up with them.
Ultimately, CLAW THE SYSTEM is a book of action by authors who never doubt
themselves, never question their belief in what is just, and never for a moment
consider that you have a good sense of interior design as they bring down the
living room curtains.

Francesco Marciuliano is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling
book I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats as well as the bestselling
titles I Could Chew on This, I Knead My Mommy, You Need More Sleep, and I
Could Pee on This, Too. He writes the internationally syndicated daily comic
strips Sally Forth and Judge Parker in addition to his webcomic Medium Large.
He was the head writer for the twice Emmy Award-winning children’s show
SeeMore’s Playhouse and has written for the Onion News Network, Smosh, and
McSweeney’s. He also penned/typed/scrawled the play This Isn’t Working for the
New York International Fringe Festival.
Francesco has appeared in/on HuffPost, All Things Considered, SiriusXM,
BuzzFeed, the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Mental
Floss, and The A.V. Club. He lives in New York City with his two cats, Kiki and
Leelo, and eventually a dog, tea cup pig, and pygmy goat, unless the co-op board
says otherwise or checks.


Winning poems from children in CA and IL


Washington, D.C., January 5, 2015 -- Today, Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, announced the winners of the 13th annual National Bird Day poetry contest. In the fall, children ages 5 to 18 were invited to submit original poems around the theme “Poetry Uncaged,” reflecting the plight of exotic birds in captivity, the pet bird trade, and the dangers to birds in the wild: the focus of National Bird Day (January 5, 2015). Winning submissions came from children in California and Illinois.

The winning poems were posted today on the Born Free USA and National Bird Day websites and will be featured in an upcoming issue of Born Free USA’s national magazine, Animal Issues Digest. The children also received tee shirts, DVDs, and more.

The first place winner from the 5 to 12 year old age group is Jacelyn Freitas, age 11, of CA. Her poem, “A Duck Named Phillip,” begins with the poignant line: “I am a duck that is stuck in a cage with no friends to play with.”


The first place winner from the 13 to 18 year old age group is Alyssa Graveline, age 17, of IL. In her poem, “Happier Free,” she implores: “Let me find treetops, & fly from them when I just have that urge to meet the sky again.”

According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, “We are impressed by the scope and creativity of these children and their understanding of the plight of birds. Our judges enjoyed reading the poems and had a tough time making their final decisions! We are thrilled that future conservationists—these young children—can help spread the word that birds belong in the wild, and help National Bird Day continue to be a success. We thank them and their parents for entering the contest.”

National Bird Day is when Born Free USA, in conjunction with Avian Welfare Coalition, focuses on issues critical to the protection and survival of captive and wild birds. The annual initiative features education and action to stop the international trade in wild birds, raise awareness about standards of care for birds who have been adopted as pets, and push for a deeper respect and understanding about the plight of all birds.

Born Free USA is a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic “pets,” trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA brings to America the message of “compassionate conservation”—the vision of the U.K.-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film Born Free, along with their son Will Travers. Born Free’s mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. More at www.bornfreeusa.org, www.twitter.com/bornfreeusa, and www.facebook.com/bornfreeusa.

-Third through eighth grade students and teachers nationwide have until Friday, February 22 at 5:00 p.m. EST to submit poem entries-

Greenwich, CT – American Pet Products Association (APPA) President and CEO, Bob Vetere announced today that the organization’s 5th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest deadline for submissions has been extended to Friday, February 22, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Third through eighth grade students are invited to write a unique poem about their pets, what they love about them, the joys they bring, and enter online at www.petsaddlife.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/petsaddlife or mail poem entries and submission forms to:

Pets Add Life

661 Sierra Rose Dr.

Reno, NV 89511

One student from each grade level (6 total) nationwide will win a $250 gift certificate for pet products, and a “by-line” in a nationally circulated publication. In addition, the six winning students’ classrooms will each receive a $1,000 scholarship to spend on pet-related education.

Founded by APPA, the non-profit PAL campaign is designed to demonstrate the joys and benefits of responsible pet ownership and encourage increased animal adoption.

To learn more about this exciting contest opportunity for kids, visit www.petsaddlife.org or contact Brooke Gersich at 775.322.4022 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading not-for-profit trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958. APPA membership includes more than 1,000 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises. APPA's mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and the pet product industry and to provide the services necessary to help its members prosper. Visit www.americanpetproducts.org for more information.