05 January 2006

Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) Alert

From: John Carmody - National Events Organizer
Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN)
Po Box 722 - Kildare - Ireland
087-6275579 - Intl. code +353-87-6275579

Dear Friend,

Just 1 minute can make a huge difference. EU Commissioner Charlie McCreevy wants to force Austria to change part of its new animal protection law that bans the use of wild animals in circuses. McCreevy is trying to undo Austria's prohibition against using wild animals in circuses. He argues that Austria's animal protection law contravenes Article 49 of the EC-Treaty by unjustifiably restricting the freedom of providing services offered by foreign circuses. The fact is that animals do not naturally ride bicycles, stand on their heads, balance on balls or jump through rings of fire. To force them to perform these confusing and physically uncomfortable tricks, trainers use whips, tight collars, muzzles, electric prods, bullhooks and other painful tools of the trade. For more information, please visit captiveanimals.org.

Animals in circuses need your help. Not only would this law affect animals in Austria, it would also set a precedent for the rest of Europe. Please take a moment to send protest letters to EU Commissioner Charlie McCreevy and the EU commissioner for your country by using the online forms at http://www.vgt.at/circus.php. If everyone on ARAN's mailing list sign and send this off it will create a huge difference - that's over 1100 people!!!

Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN)
"Ireland's National Animal Rights Group!"

ARAN is a grassroots voice that is dedicated to speaking out against all forms of cruelty to animals. We work with many national and international animal protection groups and actively support international campaigns for animal rights along with working to encourage activism among the public and volunteers. Thanks so much for everything that you do for animals. ARAN is thankful that you're on the activist network and we encourage you to take full advantage of that network by contacting us anytime with questions, requests, ideas, events or concerns!

Please visit www.ad-international.org to learn more about the new Animal Defenders International & ARAN campaign to ban the use of animals in circuses here in Ireland. Something to think about: We believe that the Golden Rule applies to animals, too. We don't accept the prevailing notion that "people come first'" or that "people are more important than animals." Animals feel pain and suffer just as we do, and it is almost always humans making animals suffer and not the other way around.Yet in spite of how cruelly people behave towards animals -- not to mention human cruelty to other humans -- we are supposed to believe that humans are superior to other animals. If people want to fancy themselves as being of greater moral worth than the other creatures on this earth, we should begin behaving better than they do, and not worse. Let's start treating everyone as we would like to be treated ourselves.

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