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Petition against the UP cat killer [May. 5th, 2009|05:07 pm]
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http://www.thepetitionsite.com/102/Justice-for-Tengteng

Justice for Tengteng

Target: Faculty of the University of the Philippines, Diliman
Sponsored by: Ted Teodoro

There are over half a million stray animals in the Philippines, and this is the story of just one of them. Tengteng was a month-old stray kitten who lived precariously on the grounds of the University of the Philippines at Diliman. Those who knew her spoke of a kitten who benefited from random acts of kindness including handouts of food, water, even a new collar to make herself look pretty. She enjoyed fleeting but happy moments with students who gave her a scratch or two, a tummy rub, and  pats on her head. The only known photograghs of Tengten are the ones you see on this site. One can say that Tengteng was not as hard up as other strays in the Philippines, but she was without a regular source of food,  a home and a family to protect her.

Tengteng, like all animals, was God's child. But her life came to an abrupt end when on April 13th a second year physics student named Joseph Carlo Candare took her life and bragged about it on the web. On his blog entry for that day, Mr. Candare mockingly called Tengteng's death " an accidental Crime." However, by other accounts, Tengteng's killing was a deliberate and blood-thirsty attack fueled by Mr. Candare's visceral and sadistic hatred of cats.

How much hate, you might ask?

Mr. Candare was described as taking a running start, leaping into the air, and then landing on Tengteng with the full force of his weight and momentum. Tengteng, who could not have weighed more than two pounds, was crushed under the grown man's weight. This was a conscious act, and Mr. Candare had ample opportunities to change his mind. Whatever life was left in Tengteng's body, the last few ounces of strength she had, enabled her to seek shelter in a hovel where she ultimately died moments later, alone.  The imagery is horrifying, but we have been spared the deathly sounds that must have been blood-curdling. The agonizing scream of a kitten, the crushing of her bones, the taunting of the victor over the vanquished, it was a triumphant moment for one but unnecessarily tragic for another.

Why should we care?

Some have argued that we care too much about a kitten who did not belong to anyone. Some said tha there are many strays; why care about this one? All animals deserve respect. When we disrespect an animal, that says more about us than the animal. It is not how many animals are abused, but it is the knowledge that a most heinous crime was committed on a defenseless and sentient being that behooves us to act. Such acts, however singular, offends our sense of decency and righteousness. If there is one abused animal, then that is one too many. When we are confronted by cruelty, we must address it. Acts of abject cruelty towards animals, like Tengteng's killing, are simply unacceptable.  It is up to the enlightened and the compassionate to stand up and speak in behalf of those on the receiving end of humankind's brute  force.

Why take my word for it?

You do not have to. I am reproducing Mr. Candare's blog entry for your perusal. Here, you can read his own words, his self-confession as a serial killer of cats, his disingenuous pang of conscience, and his not-so-veiled threat to kill more in a month ( English translation in brackets) :

"An Accidental Crime. First day sa supercon. Lunch time came. On our way out of old NIP I saw the cat I almost killed last Tuesday. Now everyone knows I hate cats. It's an unexplainable feeling towards them. Like some internal hatred. Hindi ko talaga alam kung bakit pero anumang pagpipigil sa sarili ay hindi sapat upang mapangibabawan ang panggigil ko sa mga pusa. [ I don't really know why my self-control is not enough to overcome my hatred of cats ]  I pulled it on its tail and threw it. Then like some pro wrestler I jumped on it and my feet landed on it's torso. Slam! Felt good! But the cat didn't die, well not yet. It ran for its life and just as I was about to catch up on it somebody yelled: " Pwede bang pabayaan mo yung pusa?!" [ Can you leave the cat alone? ]. It was instant and involuntary. I stopped on my tracks. Nobody ever stopped me when assaulting cats. Well I guess there's always a first time for everything. The cat got away. Or at least that's what i thought. So we went to lunch Mel, Jayson, Tracy and me. After lunch, balik na sa kung anumang naiwang gawain [ we went back to whatever unfinished work we had ]. Then Tracy and Mel told me " Hui Jc napatay mo yung pusa" [ Hey, JC, you killed that cat ]. Hours later, habang abala sa XRD [ while busy at XRD ], a guy came in. Tanong niya: " Sinong pumatay dun sa pusa?" [ He asked, who killed that cat? ] Bang! Dat was me boi. Guilty as charged. I didn't see it die pero sabi ni Myles [ but Myles said ] it coughed up blood or at least something like that daw. Didn't realize I gave it a fatal hit. This isn't the first time I've killed a cat but this time it's different. It didn't occur to me back then that the cat had a leash. So I think somebody owns it. Well it's very well loved in NIP from what I heard and I just ended it's life. So there you go I'm sorry. And I wont be striking another one for maybe about a month. It feels good when your beating it(a cat) up but you suddenly feel something strange when it turns off permanently. That's how I feel right now. And maybe for the next days. Dang, am I a cat serial killer? "

To Whom Should We Appeal?

We are appealing to the high officials of the University of the Philippines at Diliman (U.P.) namely Dr. Sergio Cao, Chancellor of UP, Dr. Arnel Salvador, Director of the National Institute of Physics at UP, and to Dr. Caesar Saloma, Dean of the College of Science UP.

These gentlemen, in their respective capacities, have the authority to set things right at the university. They can condemn, reject, and punish those who practice animal cruelty within the ranks of the university. They are gatekeepers to the long and illustrious history of the university. The conduct and safety of the student body are under their purview. We, therefore, are calling upon these gentlemen to apply the only just and appropriate punishment for Mr. Candare which is immediate expulsion from the university and to assist in seeking proper medical attention for Mr. Candare

I am asking for one thousand signatures. If you agree with the spirit of this petition, please sign it and offer your opinion for the benefit of these learned gentlemen. I will post updates when new developments occur. I thank you for helping engender a more compassionate Filipino society.

Addenda: There were questions about criminal charges. The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is in the process of gathering affidavits from eye-witnesses. Yes, Mr. Candare violated the provisions of the Philippine Animal Welfare Act, Republic Act 8485. PAWS' volunteer lawyer will be mapping our their legal case against Mr. Candare.

05/02/09 I had Mr. Candare's name as John C. Candare in the initial post because he presented himself as such on another blog, but someone corrected me. His real name is Joseph Carlo Candare.

05/02/09 You may express your outrage but please no personal threats against Mr. Candare. I have to submit this petition to UP officials, and I want it fair and clean. Substantive comments will greatly help the impact of this petition. Thanks.

Photos

Tengteng at play


http://www.thepetitionsite.com/102/Justice-for-Tengteng
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Welcome to the Greenpeace Organizing Team [Jan. 26th, 2006|03:25 pm]
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A Semester of Action!
The Greenpeace Organizing Team would like to invite you to be trained hands-on to become and environmental leader. We are inviting you to join a program that includes international travel, one-on-one training, and an incredible amount of fun!

Professional Training:
There are over 50 cutting-edge training in grassroots organizing, campaign skills, media strategy, and direct action. You will be trained by America's top environmental leaders in every issue from planning national campaigns to learning to drive the Greenpeace boats.

Travel Abroad:
There will be one week of of travel to meet international activists. In the past they have traveled to the Greenpeace headquarters in Amsterdam, and Paris to take part in a 500-person peace sign.

The Campaigns:
This is an opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with a real Greenpeace campaign!

Tuition and Credit:
Tuition: $3,500, and limited scholarships are available on a need or merit base. The tuition covers training expenses, books and materials, cost during travel abroad including flight, food, and lodging.
Credit: This is something you are going to want to work out with your school Try to receive credit as an independent study or internship.

The Details:
What: Action filled semester and the BEST hands-on training you can get to become an environmental leader.
Who: You and 5-10 other top students from across the country.
When:Summer 2006: May 29t-Aug 4
Fall 2006: Sept 18-Dec 15
Where:Washington D.C. (Summer and Fall) and San Francisco (Fall)
You Get: Great skills, international travel experience, and life-long
friends!

Who Should Apply:
Students who are passionate, smart, visionary, and interested in protecting the environment. Rising freshmen and sophomores are preferred. Greenpeace strongly encourages applications from a variety of people. The best part is NO prior experience is necessary!

How to Apply:
Log onto: www.greenpeaceusa.org/got
Admissions are rolling, and two-thirds of the program participants are accepted through early admission.
Early Admission Deadline: Feb 3
Regular Deadline: Feb 24

Please help us gain a green and peaceful future!
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Welcome to the Greenpeace Organizing Team [Jan. 26th, 2006|01:42 pm]
Grassroots Animal Rights Conference 2005
greenpeacegroup
A Semester of Action!
The Greenpeace Organizing Team would like to invite you to be trained hands-on to become and environmental leader. We are inviting you to join a program that includes international travel, one-on-one training, and an incredible amount of fun!

Professional Training:
There are over 50 cutting-edge training in grassroots organizing, campaign skills, media strategy, and direct action. You will be trained by America's top environmental leaders in every issue from planning national campaigns to learning to drive the Greenpeace boats.

Travel Abroad:
There will be one week of of travel to meet international activists. In the past they have traveled to the Greenpeace headquarters in Amsterdam, and Paris to take part in a 500-person peace sign.

The Campaigns:
This is an opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with a real Greenpeace campaign!

Tuition and Credit:
Tuition: $3,500, and limited scholarships are available on a need or merit base. The tuition covers training expenses, books and materials, cost during travel abroad including flight, food, and lodging.
Credit: This is something you are going to want to work out with your school Try to receive credit as an independent study or internship.

The Details:
What: Action filled semester and the BEST hands-on training you can get to become an environmental leader.
Who: You and 5-10 other top students from across the country.
When:Summer 2006: May 29t-Aug 4
Fall 2006: Sept 18-Dec 15
Where:Washington D.C. (Summer and Fall) and San Francisco (Fall)
You Get: Great skills, international travel experience, and life-long
friends!

Who Should Apply:
Students who are passionate, smart, visionary, and interested in protecting the environment. Rising freshmen and sophomores are preferred. Greenpeace strongly encourages applications from a variety of people. The best part is NO prior experience is necessary!

How to Apply:
Log onto: www.greenpeaceusa.org/got
Admissions are rolling, and two-thirds of the program participants are accepted through early admission.
Early Admission Deadline: Feb 3
Regular Deadline: Feb 24

Please help us gain a green and peaceful future!
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re: the energy bill due out on the senate floor on mon. if activism= your thing, PLEASE HELP! [Jun. 11th, 2005|01:54 am]
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post asking for support of a sane energy policy... also related to social justice, animal rights and the environmentCollapse )

(letter that we would like forwarded = under the LJ-cut)Collapse )


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(no subject) [May. 28th, 2005|08:07 pm]
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The following alert is being distributed by the Grassroots Animal Rights
Conference:


With this posting we seek to provide a way to protect women in the animal
advocacy community and show sexual assaulters that they will not find a safe
haven in this movement.

A criminal complaint charging sexual abuse has been filed against Christian
Vegetarian Association founder and former International Director Nathan Braun.

Nathan's picture is posted at http://www.SexualAssaultWatch.org/NathanBraun

At the Grassroots Animal Rights Conference in New York City last month, in the
church where many of the activists were staying, a young woman describes "In
the middle of the night, I woke up to him [Nathan Braun] rubbing my vagina,
trying to finger me, groping my body..."

In our subsequent investigation, at least three other women that he met at
animal rights conferences have come forward and reported unwanted aggressive
physical advances by Nathan Braun.

In response to the charges last month, Nathan, a self-described "polygamist,"
said that he "would not be surprised at all" if he had indeed done what she
described, but chalked it up to "sexsomnia." If he did do it, he claimed, he
did it while he was asleep. Within days, though, he dropped the sexsomnia
defense entirely and now evidently denies the assault completely. Nathan now
feels he has become an object of prejudice for being, in his words, "one of the
very few young 'handsome'-ish, xian [Christian] alpha males in attendance."

We believe that sexual assaulters should be held accountable for their actions
within the movement. The predictable response when someone is held accountable
is for that person who is accused of sexual assault to deny the act, to
minimize the act, to blame the victim, and to threaten those who hold him
accountable. We urge Nathan and any one else in the movement who may have
sexually victimized others, to chose a more just response: First, to stop
sexually harassing and sexually assaulting women, second, acknowledge what they
have done, and third, provide restitution to the assault survivor(s) and meet
their demands and that of the community. We say to him and anyone else who acts
in ways that violates women's boundaries: "You are responsible for your
behavior and we hold you accountable for that behavior." We recommend that
anyone with sexual assault complaints against them not be allowed to attend,
speak, or table at an animal rights venue until he satisfactorily answers to
the accusations.

The Christian Vegetarian Association should be commended for doing the right
thing and swiftly disassociating themselves from Nathan once they were informed
of the situation.

The Grassroots Animal Rights Conference was proactive in setting forth an
explicit zero tolerance policy against sexual harrassment and assault. Sexual
assault in the animal advocacy community affects us all. It destroys trust,
exploits vulnerable individuals, and bankrupts the claims of a movement that
speaks about equality and challenges oppressions. This is harmful to the
individual women for whom sexual assault can cause physical, psychological, and
spiritual damage, but it is also harmful to the movement. It creates a climate
in which some of us cannot feel safe in our activism. Sexual assault should not
be the cost of being a woman animal activist.

(a printable version of this alert is available at
http://www.sexualassaultwatch.org/nathanbraun/flyer.pdf)
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(no subject) [Feb. 25th, 2005|05:30 pm]
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We have selected a location for GARC at the Holyrood Church at 179th Street and Fort Washington in Manhattan. We will be meeting with the church Pastor on Sunday to go over some final details and finalizing a contract on Monday. If for ANY REASON this doesn't work out, we have developed numerous contingency plans, with contracts in writing waiting for our signature at three other NYC churches and a university just outside NYC, so there is NO RISK of further postponement.

Holyrood is wheelchair accessible, can provide housing for up to eighty activists who don't mind sleeping on pews or floors.

The site is located literally on the same block as the George Washington Bridge and across the street from the George Washington Bridge Bus Station. It is also easily accessible by subway, local city bus, and express bus making it one of the most accessible locations in New York City. Street parking and paid lot parking are available.

We realize that many have been reluctant to register before a site was announced, but we now want to STRONGLY ENCOURAGE people to register. By registering in advance you will allow us to estimate the amount of free and low-cost housing and food that we will need to prepare to accommodate attendees. Additionally, registration fees from advance registration will be applied directly towards conference organizing and promotion expenses. By registering NOW, you also save money, and the registration rate will go up slightly for registrations on site at the conference. Early registrants also get first choice of the best available free housing options.
A glitch in the GARC online registration form has been fixed, so you can once again register online to attend the conference at http://www.grassrootsar.org/conference_registration.html or register for an information booth at http://tablegarc.mollyguard.com/

In the month remaining until GARC, we will need lots of help with promotion, logistics, fundraising and other tasks. If you can help, e-mail adam@grassrootsar.org
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Registration [Feb. 2nd, 2005|12:06 am]
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blackmeout
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The Grassroots Animal Rights Conference (GARC) http://www.grassrootsar.org/ has
been rescheduled to March 31-April 3, 2005. New York University reneged on its
agreement to provide meeting space for GARC, and we are in the process of
selecting a replacement location, which will be announced by February 7, 2005.

As we worked on finding a new site, other aspects of the conference have been
progressing:

* Since our last announcement we have recently added Kevin Jonas (Stop
Huntington Animal Cruelty), Nathan Runkle (Mercy for Animals), Charles
Patterson (author, Eternal Treblinka), and Carol Moon (Farm Sanctuary). Below
is a list of speakers who have been confirmed for the new date.

* Registration is now open for GARC. You can register online at:
http://www.grassrootsar.org/conference_registration.html (PayPal account or
credit card required.)

There are three registration levels:
$20 basic
$10 low-income
$40 supporting (sponsors a low-income attendee)
We will also be providing fee waivers for those who cannot pay for registration
at http://www.grassrootsar.org/admission_scholarship.html.

Many groups have inquired about having a table at GARC. To sign up, please
visit: http://tablegarc.mollyguard.com

GARC is a conference for and by the grassroots, and as momentum builds we can
grow stronger with the participation of grassroots activists everywhere.
Volunteer to help make GARC be as amazing as it can be, e-mail
Publicity@GrassrootsAR.org. Free and low cost admissions, housing, and food
will allow GARC to be affordable and inclusive. You can help us fulfill this
vision with your financial support of $51 for individuals and $151 for
grassroots groups. Please go to http://www.grassrootsar.org/donate.html

Feel free to contact me anytime day or night with any questions, comments, or
concerns. I sincerely thank your for your support and look forward to April!

For Total Liberation,

Aryenish Birdie
On behalf the GARC organizing committee
aryenish@GrassrootsAR.org
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(no subject) [Jan. 26th, 2005|01:50 pm]
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blackmeout
Grassroots Animal Rights Conference
GrassrootsAR.org
Publicity@GrassrootsAR.org


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The Grassroots Animal Rights Conference (GARC) http://www.grassrootsar.org/ has
been rescheduled to March 31-April 3, 2005. New York University reneged on its
agreement to provide meeting space for GARC, and we are in the process of
selecting a replacement location, which will be announced by February 7, 2005.

As we worked on finding a new site, other aspects of the conference have been
progressing:

* Since our last announcement we have recently added Kevin Jonas (Stop
Huntington Animal Cruelty), Nathan Runkle (Mercy for Animals), Charles
Patterson (author, Eternal Treblinka), and Carol Moon (Farm Sanctuary). Below
is a list of speakers who have been confirmed for the new date.

* Registration is now open for GARC. You can register online at:
http://www.grassrootsar.org/conference_registration.html (PayPal account or
credit card required.)

There are three registration levels:
$20 basic
$10 low-income
$40 supporting (sponsors a low-income attendee)
We will also be providing fee waivers for those who cannot pay for registration
at http://www.grassrootsar.org/admission_scholarship.html.

Many groups have inquired about having a table at GARC. To sign up, please
visit: http://tablegarc.mollyguard.com

GARC is a conference for and by the grassroots, and as momentum builds we can
grow stronger with the participation of grassroots activists everywhere.
Volunteer to help make GARC be as amazing as it can be, e-mail
Publicity@GrassrootsAR.org. Free and low cost admissions, housing, and food
will allow GARC to be affordable and inclusive. You can help us fulfill this
vision with your financial support of $51 for individuals and $151 for
grassroots groups. Please go to http://www.grassrootsar.org/donate.html

Feel free to contact me anytime day or night with any questions, comments, or
concerns. I sincerely thank your for your support and look forward to April!

For Total Liberation,

Aryenish Birdie
On behalf the GARC organizing committee
aryenish@GrassrootsAR.org
(785) 760-2935


Speakers:

- Lorri Bauston, Co-founder, Farm Sanctuary
- Aryenish Birdie, Co-founder, Students of Hampshire for Animal Rights
Education
(SHARE)
- David Cantor, Executive Director, Responsible Policies for Animals, Inc
- Lawrence Carter-Long, Issues Specialist, In Defense of Animals
- Karen Davis, PhD, Founder, United Poultry Concerns, Inc.
- Shawn DeLeo, Community Animal Project, Syracuse, NY
- Caryn Hartglass, Executive Director, EarthSave International.
- Kevin Jonas, Stop Huntington Animal Cruelty (SHAC)
- Dr. Melanie Joy, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of Massachusetts,
Boston
- Helen Matthews, Boston Ecofeminist Action
- Jamie Moran, Friends of Jeffrey Luers
- Lance Morosini, Organizer, For Speak Out for Animal Rights
- Carol Moon, Humane Educator, Farm Sanctuary
- Peter Muller, Vice President, Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting (CASH)
- Charles Patterson, Author, Eternal Treblinka
- Hillary Rettig, Author, How Not to Burn Out: A Guide to Building a
Sustainable Activist Career
- Nathan Runkle, Founder, Mercy for Animals
- Marjorie Spiegel, Executive Director, Institute for the Development of Earth
Awareness (IDEA)
- Andy Stepanian, Long Island Animal Defense League
- Adam Weissmann, Activism Center at Wetlands Preserve
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Announcement [Jan. 26th, 2005|01:02 pm]
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Dear Volunteers,

I wanted to share some late-breaking news with you. As some of you might know, in December, NYU reneged on a long-standing agreement to provide free meeting space to the Grassroots Animal Rights Conference. We spent several weeks trying to get them to reconsider, to no avail.

Several of our advisors (experienced fundraisers and conference organizers) suggested that, in view of this complication, we postpone GARC for several weeks, to give us more time to find a new space and get the word out on the date/location change. On Monday the Agenda Committee formally decided to do so. The Committee has chosen these new dates:

THURSDAY MARCH 31 – SUNDAY APRIL 3
The conference will begin Thursday night and end Sunday afternoon.

These dates are FINAL, and the conference will remain in New York City. We are currently choosing among several great venues and will make the final decision within two weeks. Our intention this time is to not rely on donated space but to rent a space so that we won’t run into a similar problem.

I will be contacting each of you personally over the next two weeks to see if you have any questions about this change, and also to discuss how we can publicize GARC in your organization or community. If you wish, please contact me at any time at 781-834-0696 or <mailto:hillary@effectiveactivism.com>hillary@effectiveactivism.com .

In the meantime:

*please let your contacts know about the date change (very soon, we will have revised fliers and banners for you to download); and

*please REGISTER for GARC as soon as possible. Registration is important because it helps us with our attendance estimates and also because it encourages potential sponsors and funders to support GARC.

There are three registration levels:
$20 basic; $10 low-income; $40 supporting (sponsors a low-income attendee)
You can register online at:
<http://www.grassrootsar.org/conference_registration.html>http://www.grassrootsar.org/conference_registration.html

(PayPal account or credit card required.)

Free registration (for those who cannot pay):
<http://www.grassrootsar.org/admission_scholarship.html>http://www.grassrootsar.org/admission_scholarship.html.

Many groups have inquired about having a table at GARC. To sign up, please
visit: <http://tablegarc.mollyguard.com/>http://tablegarc.mollyguard.com

For the animals,
Hillary Rettig

Help build the future of animal rights at the
*** First Annual Grassroots Animal Rights Conference ***
New York City, March 31 - April 3, 2005
* Great Speakers! * Great Events! *
* Affordable * Accessible * Inclusive *
Click for more info: http://www.grassrootsar.org
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Change of Date [Jan. 24th, 2005|11:00 pm]
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GARC will not be held in February. It's being moved back to probably April. That is so it is better planned. This is the first conference of it's kind, so we want it to go over as well as possible. The new date should be on the website within a few days, and the date will NOT change again. Promise. All the workshops have been chosen and the speakers are being contacted now. The new date will give them adequate time to prepare their workshops as well. I'll update again as soon as the website is.
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