Green Mountain Animal Defenders-Winter 2012
Bunnies, oxen, a city squirrel and a 6-foot-tall chicken ...What do they have in common? You! Without your volunteerism, dedication and financial support, we would not be able to call 2012 another record breaking year for animals! Enjoy a summary of this past year achievements.
T T T T T Winter 2012 Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals, and the answer is: “Because the animals are like us.” Ask the experimenters why it is morally okay to experiment on animals, and the answer is: “Because the animals are not like us.” Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction. ~Charles R. Magel T To all Green Mountain Animal Defenders: T As the close of 2012 approaches, I look back on the year and I am so proud of our dedicated network of animal advocates and donors. Your commitment continues to fuel GMAD’s mission of “Working to Protect the Well-Being of All Animals.” With your continued support, we can make next year better than ever as GMAD excitedly anticipates our 30-year anniversary in 2013. T T T We are proud to share some of our 2012 highlights that your support has made possible: T Stetson is one of the lucky cats GMAD helped through our Spay/Neuter Program. T Spay and neuter remains a critical campaign, as it is the most effective way to prevent pet overpopulation and homelessness. GMAD continues to assist Vermonters by subsidizing surgeries. To date, we have sponsored the spaying or neutering of 432 cats and 22 dogs this year, in large part through the efforts of our Mile of Money campaign. Our campaign will continue this holiday season at Pet Food Warehouse at both Shelburne and South Burlington locations until December 24! Special thanks to Pet Food Warehouse for supporting our campaign. GMAD proudly sponsored some training sessions for Vermont’s most recently licensed wildlife rehabilitator, Juliana Parker, and also donated cages and medical supplies to support her work. As a result of Juliana’s efforts and the tireless work of all Vermont rehabbers, countless birds, mammals, and reptiles are healthy and safe. For example, a starving baby squirrel was rescued in Burlington by a tourist who found GMAD online, looking for help. Thanks to our immediate response, Juliana cared for the squirrel until she could be safely returned to the wild. Life-saving nourishment helped save the life of this orphaned juvenile rabbit. T T T A concerned Vermonter contacted us regarding a local high school that uses cat dissection as part of a biology class. GMAD has since met with the school board to offer humane alternatives that are more economical and can offer a better learning experience than animal dissection. We will continue our efforts to encourage this high school to update its classroom instructional methods. One of GMAD’s junior walkers helped make the day a huge success. T GMAD’s 2nd annual Walk for Farm Animals On Sunday, October 7, GMAD raised over $4,000 in much-needed funds while also raising awareness about the plight of farmed animals. It was hard to miss our outreach table on Church Street in Burlington, especially due to Shepard and Snow, two of the 18 goats rescued with the funds from last year’s walk. Our impressive turn-out of walkers also attracted much attention on their way through downtown, in large part due to our six-foot tall “chicken,” “pig,” and “cow” proudly holding “Ban Factory Farming” signs! T T Cut out dissection! T Wild about wildlife! T GMAD speaks up for Bill & Lou. GMAD acted quickly when we heard about the impending slaughter of Bill and Lou, two oxen who had worked for ten years on Green Mountain College’s farm. After locating a sanctuary who would take the oxen, GMAD also offered to subsidize transportation and veterinary costs. Alerts were sent out, an online petition was posted, and Green Mountain College was contacted, in hopes of reaching a solution that would work for all parties. As of this writing, Lou has been euthanized because of his leg injury, but Bill remains on the campus farm. Due to GMAD’s respectful involvement, we have been asked to participate in future discussions on GMC’s campus regarding animal ethics and the use of farmed animals for meat. T I hope this newsletter inspires each of you to continue your advocacy for animals in need. Whether it be animals used in entertainment or apparel, farmed animals, wildlife, animals used in testing, or companion animals, GMAD stands ready to help and protect. However, GMAD needs your generous support as we continue to work towards a more humane world for all animals. Call 802-861-3030 or email Brenna@gmad.info to find out about volunteering, and please visit http://gmad.info/donate.php to make your tax-deductible, life-saving donation and/or renew your annual membership today! T Wishing you the best of holiday seasons and a compassionate 2013, Sharon MacNair Sharon MacNair, President T T Pet Food Drive 1,920 lbs 2012 was a record-breaking year for our pet Make a donation or become a member today! food drive! We have already delivered 1,920 pounds of pet food to local area food shelves and feral cat colonies this year. It’s great to see Vermonters so generously helping animals! We send a huge thank you to Pet Food Warehouse, Hannaford in Williston, and Play Dog Play in Burlington for already partcipating. The animals count on your generous tax-deductible contributions. Name:___________________________ Address:__________________________ ________________________________ E-mail:___________________________ Stay up-to-date and help us save resources by providing your email and what you would like to receive below. We never sell or give out your email to third parties. Our pet food bins are currently at Agway, Williston Natural Provisions Market, Williston Price Chopper, South Burlington o Yes, I want to receive eAlerts o Yes, I want to receive digital newsletters I would like to support GMAD with a donation of $_________ Please stop by and help us feed the hungry kitties and pups. $15 will subsidize the spaying/neutering & vaccinations for a cat in need; $40 will subsidize the spaying/neutering & vaccinations for a dog in need; $100 will subsidize the rescue and/or care of a farm animal; $250 will enable us to buy medical supplies, cages & other life-saving equipment for wildlife rehabilitators Come and meet Gary Kowalski the acclaimed author, animal advocate and former GMAD board member who has written the poignant book, Blessing of the Animals, about the many animal blessing ceremonies he has performed over the years. o o o o o o o January 10, 2013 Phoenix Books o Please remove me from your mailing list 191 Bank Street, Burlington, VT Please make checks payable to: Green Mountain Animal Defenders PO Box 4577 Burlington, VT 05406 or donate online at http://gmad.info/donate.php 7:00 p.m. TGMAD continued to put pressure on Vermont state Thank you for your life-saving gift. fairs, urging them to treat all animals compassionately and to not use animals as entertainment. Although not all fairs complied, we are making real progress. At the beginning of 2013, GMAD will again contact fair managers, offering them a list of humane entertainment options. T SAVE THE DATE! T Thursday, February 14, 2013 T T $15 Student/Senior Membership $35 Membership $50 Household Membership $100 Animal Advocate $500 Animal Ally $1,000 Animal Defender $_____ Additional Life-Saving Donation T T Please indicate membership level: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Merchants Bank, 275 Kennedy Drive, South Burlington, VT GMAD’s Valentine’s Day Bake Sale/World Spay Day Outreach Buying delicious Valentine treats as gifts, or for yourself, will help us raise funds to continue saving lives by sponsoring the spay or neuter of cats and dogs in need.