...To Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), for obstructing Congressional moves to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration and drilling. Senator Cantwell has introduced amendments that have thwarted drilling proponents’ monetary interests in the Refuge, which is home to more than 130,000 caribou, and is, so far, a safe haven for polar bears who grace its shores and the wolves who have so little space left to them in the world. A cheer to all of our members who have steadfastly kept up the public pressure to respect this key habitat.
...To singer Nellie McKay, for speaking out against the carriage horse industry at a candlelight vigil for “Spotty,” a horse who was killed in early January. After being overcome by terror while pulling a carriage in the middle of New York City, the horse bolted through several streets before skidding on the wet pavement, crashing into a station wagon, and landing head first in the street. Several people remain seriously injured at the time of this writing. We thank McKay for asking that this dubious tradition end forever.
...To the many people and organizations who campaigned in Austria, for a ban on experimentation on great apes and gibbons, which was passed and went into effect on Jan. 1.
...To singer Carly Simon, who turned down a hot dog during a Nov. 25 broadcast of the Martha Stewart Show. Simon politely declined, telling Stewart “I’m vegetarian.”
...To New York City, for dimming its world famous skyline in an effort to protect migratory birds. During migratory seasons, the lights will go down after midnight in buildings of 40 stories or more. According to ornithologist Donald Heintzelman, “This is absolutely an important and desirable action which helps to prevent small bird kills at tall buildings during spring and autumn migration seasons.”
...To the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, for bringing in a sharpshooter from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services to kill a beaver for gnawing on trees and shrubs.
Frank Robinson, executive director
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
1800 Lakeside Avenue
Richmond, Va. 23228-4700
...To the Town of Braintree, Mass., for instituting a Canada goose hunt throughout the winter after residents complained about droppings at the town’s municipal golf course and sports fields.
Charles Kokoros, Chair
Braintree Board of Selectmen
1 John F. Kennedy Memorial Drive
Braintree, MA 02184
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...To Shop-NBC, a home shopping network partially owned by the NBC network, for selling coats and accessories made from rabbit, raccoon and fox fur.
Will Lansing, CEO
Value Vision Media
Post Office Box 29066
Brooklyn Center, MN 55429