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Movie review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws

Angel Has Fallen

Lionsgate, Summit Entertainment, Campbell Grobman Films, Eclectic Pictures, G-Base and Millennium Films present an R rated, 120 minute, Action film directed by Ric Roman Waugh, written by Robert Mark Kamen and Matt Cook with a theater release date of August 23, 2019.

DOG LAB DEFUND: Following WCW exposés, successfully lobbied the U.S. House to unanimously defund the Department of Veterans Affairs’ most painful dog experiments

NO MORE MONKEY BUSINESS: Exposed and ended the Federal Drug Administration’s nicotine addiction experiments on baby monkeys

DOBERMANS OFF DEATH ROW: Exposed and ended methamphetamine experiments on narcoleptic Dobermans at the Los Angeles VA’s “House of Horrors” laboratory

FIRST STRIKE: Worked with Congress to introduce the first animal testing legislation of 2017, the bipartisan FACT Act

AUDITING ANIMAL ABUSE: Secured two historic audits of taxpayer-funded animal experiments: one on transparency about the government’s own animal testing and a second covering funding disclosure violations by NIH-funded university animal experimenters

Review written by Jon Patch with 4 out 4 paws

The Post

Twentieth Century Fox, Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks, Participant Media, Pascal Pictures and Star Thrower Entertainment present a PG-13, 115 minute, Biography, Drama, History film, directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer with a theatre release date of January 12, 2018.

Born Free CEO Will Travers to speak at DC march October 4

Washington D.C., September 27, 2013 -- Born Free USA (, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, will have a strong presence on Friday, October 4, 2013, at The International March for Elephants, when thousands of people will march in solidarity for elephants in 15 cities around the world in the single largest demonstration of awareness for the species’ imminent extinction.  In addition to the staff of Born Free USA’s DC office marching in Washington, Born Free CEO Will Travers, an international expert on the plight of elephants, will be speaking at the rally, following the march.

According to Travers, “Stopping the slaughter of elephants for their ivory is more critical now than ever before.  With the barbaric act of poaching at record numbers, we could see some beleaguered populations of African elephants disappear in the wild by 2025.  More than 63,000 elephants are known to have been poached since the start of 2012. This is heartbreaking and unacceptable at every level.”

In addition, adds Born Free USA Executive Vice President Adam Roberts, “The brutality and dangers go far beyond the elephants.  Criminal syndicates and terrorist groups are known to be using ivory to fund their barbaric activities, a threat to national and regional security.  It is reported that more than 1,000 wildlife rangers have been killed in the course of protecting wild animals over the last decade.  Protecting elephants from poachers also means protecting the African people.”

The march, which aims to raise global awareness of the illegal ivory trade and its impact on elephant populations, is organized by iworry, a campaign by Kenyan conservation charity The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT).  In addition to Washington DC, 14 other cities are participating:   Arusha, Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Edinburgh, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Munich, Nairobi, New York City, Rome, Toronto, and Wellington.

Born Free maintains a website which shows what is happening to elephants and encourages the public to lend their voice against the ivory trade.

Born Free USA is a nationally recognized 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 North America the message of “compassionate conservation” — the vision of the United Kingdom-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, now chief executive officer of both organizations. 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;; and

Congressional Animal Protection Caucus helps celebrate shelter animals and rescue groups

WHAT: The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) will join the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus in hosting the second annual “Paws for Celebration!” animal adoption event to honor shelter animals and rescue organizations across the country.

The event will be highly visual and provide great photo and video opportunities with members of Congress holding adoptable animals, as local animal rescue groups will be on hand with puppies and kittens in need of permanent homes.

Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), Co-chair, Congressional Animal Protection Caucus
Rep. John Campbell (R-CA), Co-chair, Congressional Animal Protection Caucus
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)
Nancy Perry, senior vice president of ASPCA Government Relations
Dr. Randall Lockwood, senior vice president of ASPCA Forensic Sciences and Anti-Cruelty Projects
Adoptable dogs and cats from local animal rescue groups

WHY: “Paws for Celebration invites Republicans and Democrats to come together to celebrate the millions of lovable homeless dogs and cats currently waiting to be adopted,” said Nancy Perry, senior vice president of ASPCA Government Relations. “Animal welfare is a bi-partisan issue, and we stand united in our appreciation of the vital services provided by the thousands of community animal shelters nationwide.”

WHEN: Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Cannon House Office Building Caucus Room (321)
New Jersey & Independence Avenues, SE, Washington, D.C., 94710

MORE: Those interested in attending “Paws for Celebration!” are encouraged to contact Maureen Linehan in the ASPCA's Media & Communications department at 646-628-0006 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two 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. For more information, please visit, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


Columbia Pictures, Mythology Entertainment II, Centropolis Entertainment and Iron Horse Entertainment present a 131 minute, PG-13, action, drama, suspense, thriller, directed by Roland Emmerich and written by James Vanderbilt with a theater release date of June 28, 2013.


Alley Cat Allies welcomes conviction; calls for Dauphine’s dismissal from Smithsonian Institution



BETHESDA, MD —Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today welcomed the guilty verdict in the case of Nico Dauphine, a Smithsonian researcher charged with attempting to poison a colony of feral cats in a Washington, D.C. neighborhood.  


“We are satisfied with this verdict,” said Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies.  “Americans care about cats and will not tolerate cruelty towards them.  We are grateful to law enforcement and to the prosecutors for treating this crime with the seriousness it deserved.”


Dauphine, a researcher at the Smithsonian Institution’s Migratory Bird Center, was found guilty of misdemeanor cruelty after an investigation last spring showed her in video surveillance placing rat poison in the cats’ food bowls. 


Research summaries posted to the Migratory Bird Center’s web site indicate that one of Dauphine’s research projects involved “mounting small cameras on domestic cats that roam outdoors to see how they affect wild bird populations,” putting Dauphine in direct contact with cats.


“We call on the Smithsonian to immediately dismiss Ms. Dauphine from her position and cancel any research projects in which she was involved,” said Robinson.  “Her conviction for attempting to kill cats, along with her history of condemning cats in research, leaves her work suspect of major bias.  Her work should be discredited and disregarded by the scientific community.”


“Killing cats is illegal, and feral cats are protected under the law,” said Robinson. “Anti-cruelty laws protect all cats—pet, stray, or feral—in every state and the District of Columbia. Americans who are demanding humane approaches for cats are not going to allow this kind of cruelty to go unpunished.”




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 260,000 supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities, and organizations save and improve the lives cats and kittens nationwide.  Their web site is