NEWS...HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING
Host Ellen Lavinthal.
Experts state that stereotypic behavior can lead to foot problems such as nail cracks (which Billy already has), and abscesses and abrasions to the sole of the foot. Foot-related problems are one of the leading causes of euthanasia in captive elephants in the United States. If you would like more information on Billy or A Voice For Animals, please visit http://vftafoundation.org/ or http://www.helpbilly.org/
Fawn Talks About Stereotypies (Stereotypic movement disorder) in Elephants
♥ ♥ ♥ People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered....Love them anyway. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives....Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies....Succeed anyway. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow....Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable....Be honest and frank anyway.The biggest person with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest person with the smallest mind....Think big anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight....Build anyway. People really need help but may attack if you help them....Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you might get kicked in the teeth...Give the world the best you've got anyway. ♥ ♥ ♥
Fawn Performs at Inspire U Showcase in Hollywood with Kris Searle, MTV's GG Smith, Rosy Donovan and Jarid Williams
Just got home from the Inspire U showcase. As expected, it was an inspirational evening. Some Local Celebrity Singing Competition peeps were in the house...GG Smith (who had the MTV crew following her and filming for an upcoming show), Rosy Donovan, Shane Facchinello and of course, Kris Searle with the release of "Warning Sign." here are some pictures to share with you....
As musicians, we don't chose music, it chooses us. I think that music has the power to change our minds and our hearts. It reaches the inner most parts of our soul and has the ability to transform us. When we die, all that we will leave behind is Music and Love. Only Music and Love last forever.
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus returned to Los Angeles this week beginning with a pre-dawn parade of Asian elephants from Union Station to the Staples Center on Tuesday. Shows for the Circus ran Wednesday through Sunday.
Animal rights activists, members of In Defense of Animals, Animal Acres, Last Chance for Animals, Peta, and several Entertainment Industry personalities including Actress Olivia Munn, Actress Shira Scott, Recording Artist Gene Blalock of The Faded, Recording Artist Fawn and Fashion Photographer Melissa Schwartz and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, came out in droves (over 300 strong) to protest the Infamous Circus and their treatment of animals. It was estimated to be the largest protest against the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to date.
Demonstrators were peaceful, yet strong in their position as they marched, chanted, raised their voices, handed out educational information and stood outside the Staples Center in front of ticket holders in line. Their protests created such a stir, that 4 families decided to ask for ticket refunds once they realized why protesters were so upset. One of the families demanding for their money back said that their children saw all the protesters and asked 'why do they have pictures of the baby elephants tied up? We don't want to see the baby elephants if they do that." Another family, smiling after deciding to turn in their tickets stated "It feels good."
Protesters were calling for a boycott of the Circus based on the disturbing photos that had been turned over to PETA. Several such photos were held by protesters for the crowd to see. PETA is now using these photos to file a complaint with the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) against Ringling Bros. to have their exhibitor license revoked.
You may ask yourself, why boycott the Circus? Recording Artist Fawn stated: "Ringling Brothers has a horrifying track record for abusing their elephant performers. It is my belief that if the children of this world knew what it takes for the animals to 'do tricks' and 'perform' for the audience, they wouldn't WANT to come to the Circus!" Actress Olivia Munn told reporters "This is the largest Ringling Bros. Boycott ever, so it's very exciting. Now that you know what they're doing, you just can't sit there and laugh and cheer. Go do something else with your money. Boycott the Circus and also realize it's not 1920."
The Ringling trainers routinely jab, prod, hook, and strike elephants with a bull hook (a steel-tipped device that looks similar to a fireplace poker). They use it to control large animals and force them to perform unnatural acts. Typically, these abuses occur out of public view. Protesters had such bull hooks on hand to demonstrate how sharp, heavy, ominous and destructive these instruments are. Evidence including court documents, undercover videos, and photos of training sessions with baby elephants shows that Ringling routinely chains elephants in train box cars for more than 26 hours at a time, for as long as 60-100 hours without a break while traveling across the country for weeks at a time and they physically abuse elephants with electric shock devices and bull hooks, including one elephant who was “dripping blood all over the arena floor from being hooked.” There is also evidence that they train baby elephants through isolation from other elephants, prolonged restraint by tying their legs and hitting them with bull hooks. Linda Hogan, ex-wife of Hulk Hogan explained "This is something from back in the 1800's. A lot of people are uneducated, it's time to educate people."
Humane Educator Ciddy Fonteboa offered another alternative to the Circus for animal lovers -- the non-profit safe haven for animals, Animal Acres. Ciddy explained, "I feel that any business that supports animal suffering to profit from the public is also supporting violence and at Animal Acres, we support true freedom and peace for the animals that are rescued from cruelty cases. We give them the opportunity to be happy with out having to perform and entertain people." She continued to explain "At Animal Acres children and people get to see that there is no difference from these rescued farm animals than the family dog. They have the same needs that all living beings on this earth do. " Indeed they do. To find out more go to www.peta.org.
Ringling Bros was not available for comment.
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Fawn and Orny Adams.
Lily Tomlin Discuses Saving Billy The Elephant.