Posts Tagged ‘Peta’

Is Somebody Pouring Bleach into the Lily Pond in Golden Gate Park? Sure Looks That Way – Bye Bye Froggies

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

The invasive frog-fighting Breaking Bad-style tents are gone from our Lily Pond and now we’re left with this:

Are those empty bleach bottles being used as floaters?

Sure looks that way.

Oh, here you go, just inside the fence which surrounds the pond now

They’re using bleach to kill something, right?

Last I heard, they were trying to kill tadpoles, but I don’t know if tadpoles even exist in November.

Anyway, those Fish and Gamers might finally be winning this battle…

Groove on These Crazy Colors Atop Golden Gate Park’s Lily Pond – SF is Killing Frogs There – PETA Objects

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

They tried to make Golden Gate Park’s Lily Pond (aka Rock Quarry) go to rehab and it said, “yes, yes, yes.”

So pretty soon, there will be no more invasive African clawed frogs to worry about, probably.

Get all the deets from the Recreation and Park Department.

But PETA, well PETA aint happy:

“According to media reports, the California Department of Fish and Game and the city of San Francisco are considering draining Lily Pond at Golden Gate Park in order to kill thousands of African clawed frogs who reside there. Reportedly, the frogs were released from research laboratories only to be deemed “invasive” through no fault of their own. Once the pond’s water levels drop, these animals will slowly suffocate to death. PETA apprised officials of our concerns, and while they stated that other methods were on the table, they did not guarantee that this cruel initiative would be stopped. Now it’s your turn to weigh in!

Please urge the California Department of Fish and Game and city officials to halt all plans to drain the pond while aquatic animals remain at the location. Also, ask them to mercifully euthanize the frogs rather than subjecting them to agonizing deaths if alternative methods of control are impossible.”

Or maybe PETA is happy now, I don’t know.

But most or all of these troublesome critters are now in Froggy Heaven, where they belong.

Here’s what the colorful tarps look like these days:

Click to expand

Ever more deets:

“In partnership with the California Department of Fish and Game, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is rehabilitating the Lily Pond in Golden Gate Park. Phase one of the rehabilitation includes the removal of the highly invasive African clawed frog. The African clawed frog is a species of concern due to its ability to rapidly degrade aquatic ecosystems. Because of the frog’s invasive nature they are illegal to own, transport or sell without a permit in many states, including California. Under the supervision of the California Department of Fish and Game, an integrated, least-toxic approach to frog removal has been developed, which involves hand capture of the frog and the use of carbon dioxide in solution. In addition, the removal requires fencing the pond, cutting the vegetation within and around the pond, as well as covering the pond with netting and tarps. Following the removal of the African clawed frog, the Lily Pond will be positioned for future beautification and renovation, once funds are made available. We anticipate the 1st phase of the rehabilitation to be completed in Spring 2013.”

“The infestation of African clawed frogs at Lily Pond in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park has been known for several years. The estimate is that at this time less than ten adult frogs remain in the pond.  The California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) has been assisting the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) in its efforts to implement an effective Eradication Plan, and subsequently restore the pond and its environs to a visually pleasing public use destination.  The recent PETA Alert Notice contains erroneous information regarding the joint efforts.

The establishment of a population of this species outside of its natural habitat (the arid/semiarid regions of southern Africa) are of particularly concern because of it profound disruptive impacts to aquatic ecosystems.  African clawed frogs are scavengers and will eat almost anything living, dying or dead and any type of organic waste.  African clawed frogs are highly invasive producing many hundreds of eggs each reproductive cycle, which in San Francisco’s Mediterranean climate can occur up to four times a year. Translocation of this species outside of its current location could easily and significantly impact critical habitats for a number of California’s aquatic organisms, including species listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act, such as red-legged frog, coho and coastal Chinook salmon, steelhead trout, California and giant garter snake, etc. The expansion of established populations within California associated with translocation of frogs from this location is a very real threat.

The recent PETA Alert Notice contains erroneous information. CDFG and RPD have not proposed draining the pond to suffocate the African clawed frog population. Such an action would be counter-productive in that it would likely result in dispersal of adult frogs and have little or no impact on aestivating adults or the eggs which would remain viable for some time.  Further, adult African clawed frogs, although a fully aquatic species, are air breathers.

Another apparent error in the PETA Alert pertains to the number of African clawed frogs at this location indicating that it is likely that the pond contained over a thousand frogs. However, this is no longer the case as most all of the frogs have been removed.  The joint efforts are now directed at the eradication of any remaining eggs and tadpoles with as much care as possible to undertake the eradication program in a humane a way.

For more information about the eradication plan, please contact California Department of Fish and Game:

Eric J. Larson,

Environmental Program Manager

Bay-Delta Region

California Department of Fish and Game

7329 Silverado Trail

Napa, CA 94558

707-944-5528; FAX: 707-944-5563″

Word From the Street: “Donna Karan is a Bunny Butcher” – Bunny Ears Help PETA Anti-Fur Protest at Union Square

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Steve Rhodes has the deets of the PETA anti-fur protest in front of the Nordstom on this Black Friday:

Via Steve Rhodes

Click to expand

A Decent Turnout for PETA’s Australian Lamb Protest at the TPP Trade Conference

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Yesterday’s protest at our Miami-esque InterContinental Hotel on Howard in the SoMA area had a hundred-something attendees, so that’s a pretty good turnout. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) don’t like the mulesing of sheep in Australia so they don’t want the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership meeting to go on business as usual.

 See?

Click to expand

A view of protesters from our Buca di Beppo, where they no longer have you-know-what on the menu, AKAIK.

Chrissie Hynde wasn’t able to show yesterday.

Talks among the U.S., Australia, Brunei, Chile, Peru, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam are ongoing.

To Be Continued…

A Foie Gras Protest Coming to Napa Valley – Thomas Keller’s French Laundry Targeted

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

You know what Napa needs? A nice foie gras protest at The French Laundry, the finest restaurant in the West.

“The Animal Protection & Rescue League and several animal protection groups will be protesting outside Thomas Keller restaurants in three cities across the country on Saturday due to the company’s sale of “foie gras” – liver from cruelly force fed ducks. The groups will be displaying graphic banners showing scenes from inside Thomas Keller’s supplier, Hudson Valley Foie Gras, and other producers of this barbaric product. The coalition of groups, which includes the Animal Protection & Rescue League, Orange County People for Animals, In Defense of Animals, and Compassion Over Killing, have launched a campaign website at www.foie-gras-industry.com.”

So keep that in mind if you have reservations for May 8th  at any of Thomas Keller’s joints nationwide.

Ah yes. Peppery melba toast, fruits, sea salt, and le hockey puck du plaisir in the middle – that’s how Tom Keller rolls in suburban Napa:

via peterme

All the deets:

Thomas Keller Targeted for Animal Cruelty. Protests in NYC, Beverly Hills and Napa

NEW YORK, May 6 — The Animal Protection & Rescue League and several animal protection groups will be protesting outside Thomas Keller restaurants in three cities across the country on Saturday due to the company’s sale of “foie gras” – liver from cruelly force fed ducks.

The groups will be displaying graphic banners showing scenes from inside Thomas Keller’s supplier, Hudson Valley Foie Gras, and other producers of this barbaric product. The coalition of groups, which includes the Animal Protection & Rescue League, Orange County People for Animals, In Defense of Animals, and Compassion Over Killing, have launched a campaign website at www.foie-gras-industry.com.

 Protest locations and times on Saturday May 8:

 Per Se, 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019 – Time: noon
 Bouchon, 235 N. Canon Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 90210 – Time: 7:30pm
 French Laundry, 6640 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599 – Time 7pm

 ”As a veterinarian, I find foie gras to be a disease rather than a delicacy,” states Elliot Katz, DVM, President of IDA. “The liver’s function is to process toxins, and a liver in this grossly enlarged state from force feeding cannot function properly.”

To make the livers fat enough for foie gras, workers restrain the ducks, force long metal pipes down their throats, and pump up to two pounds of food into them per day.  After three weeks, their livers swell up to 12 times their normal size.

“The conditions I have witnessed in Hudson Valley Foie Gras are appalling,” states Bryan Pease, Esq., Board Chair of APRL.  “In visiting there and other farms to document conditions, I saw ducks panting incessantly and showing great difficulty walking and breathing in the later stages of force feeding, and I saw trash barrels full of dead ducks killed by the process.”

Animal cruelty investigations by APRL and a lawsuit filed by APRL and IDA led to enactment of Cal. Health & Safety Code section 25980, banning the sale or production of foie gras in California effective 2012. The cities of San Francisco, Berkeley, West Hollywood, Solana Beach and San Diego have recently passed resolutions in support of the ban.

Early last year, the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau found that D’Artagnan, a major U.S. foie gras distributor, was engaging in false advertising by claiming the livers are not diseased and implying the animals are treated humanely.

More information is available at www.foie-gras-industry.com.

Which Celebrity Endorser Makes the Best Case for Ending Canada’s Seal Slaughter?

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Let’s see here, the bay area hasn’t heard from PETA since that thing where they pwned the South San Francisco Ronald McDonald in front of all those kids in September and the red blood bikini chicken bath thing on Van Ness last summer. Now, it seems the focus of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animules has traveled up to the Great White North for the start of the 2009-2010 baby seal hunting season.

Some of our celebrities don’t approve of killing the furry cuties.  Who makes the best case against the slaughter? As always, click to expand:

Grace Park?

GraceSealNEW.ai

Owain Yeoman?

OwainSealNEW.ai

Christian Serratos?

ChristianSerratos_seal_NEW.ai

Brody Jenner?

BrodyJennerSealAd.ai

Jayde Nicole?

JaydeNSealAdNEW.ai

or Steve-O?

SteveOSealNEW.ai

Choose or lose…

PETA Protester Totally Pwns Ronald McDonald in South San Francisco

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Hey, did you catch South San Francisco Day in Orange Memorial Park over the weekend? Well, then here’s a little Rorschach test for you.

What do you see in the following sequence of photos? What do you think the kids thought? What does the performer playing Ronald think about this now? How about sponsor Genentech? And how about the pie? Was it egg-free vegan custard? Natch!

Anyway, get up to speed here and then take a peek at the following:

Ronaldeatsit1

The color match between the bird and Ronald is impressive.

Ronaldeatsit4

Ronaldeatsit7

More deets and commentary here.

Let’s leave the last word with PETA:

“A man dressed as a giant chicken and identifying himself as a PETA member took Ronald McDonald by surprise and pied him in the face with vegan custard this afternoon during Ronald’s appearance onstage at the South San Francisco Day in Orange Memorial Park. The protest is part of PETA’s campaign to convince McDonald’s to switch to an improved slaughter method that would eliminate the worst abuses of chickens, including having their legs slammed into shackles, often breaking them, and being scalded to death. To see pictures from this event and get more information, please visit http://blog.peta.org/archives/2009/09/ronald_mcdonald.php?c=pfrmpsf09

“”McDonald’s can stop a great deal of cruelty simply by requiring its suppliers to render chickens unconscious before they are roughly handled and slaughtered,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “McDonald’s is responsible for forcing millions of chickens to experience an agonizingly painful death.”

Adorable Chihuahua Steals the Show at PETA’s McDonalds Pollo Protest

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

This was the scene today on Van Ness, where these bikini-clad PETA protesters sat in a tub of red water. Why’s that? Something to do with chickens – read about it below.

¡Yo quiero mi garda!Chasque para ampliarse:

IMG_9159 copy

The mise-en-scene:

IMG_9135 copy

A passer by checks things out:

 IMG_9150 copy

PETA rep Jena Hunt talking with Sebastian “cBas” Kunz from ClearChannel 910 KNEW / Green 960:

IMG_9143 copy

Two PETA members in red bikinis will be crammed together in a tank of “bloody” water with the message “McDonald’s Scalds Chicks to Death”  to protest the abuse that chickens suffer in slaughterhouses that supply the fast-food chain. 
 
Why is PETA going after the Golden Arches? McDonald’s currently allows its U.S. chicken suppliers to use a slaughter method that causes many birds to endure broken bones and other abuses. Birds have their throats cut while they are still conscious and are often scalded to death in tanks of hot water. PETA has urged McDonald’s to require its suppliers to adopt an improved slaughter method called “controlled-atmosphere killing” (CAK), which eliminates some of the worst abuses that birds suffer. In 2005, McDonald’s produced a report concluding that CAK offers significant animal welfare benefits over the conventional slaughter method, but the company has not required any of its U.S. suppliers to switch to it.
 
“McDonald’s has refused to lift a finger to stop its American suppliers from scalding chickens to death and abusing them in other hideous ways,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “McDonald’s customers across the country are now saying, ‘I’m hatin’ it,’ every time they spot the Golden Arches.”
 
To learn more about the campaign and to watch PETA’s McCruelty video, please visit PETA’s Web site McCruelty.com.

jamelia300 copy

And There You Have It.

Macabre “Ham Museum” on Display at Union Square Macy’s

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Head on down to “The Cellar” or the basement or whatever they call the bottom floor of San Francisco’s flagship Macy’s and check out this “Museo del Jamón” display.

A porcine horror show to get you in the shopping mood:

go8f6002a.jpg

What would PETA have to say about this ghastly windowbox? And how about truculent troubadour Morrissey?

Its not natural, normal or kind
The flesh you so fancifully fry
The meat in your mouth
As you savour the flavour
Of murder