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Over 250 Animals Right Activists Take Action To Make West Hollywood The First Fur Free City in the USA

January 31, 2011 by  
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over 250 animal rights activists and concerned citizens in WEHOOn Saturday, January 29, 2011 over 250 animal rights activists and concerned citizens, young and old stood side by side in the Matthew Shephard Memorial Triangle Park on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Crescent Heights in West Hollywood, California to rally for a fur-free West Hollywood.
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With this ground-breaking action, the City of West Hollywood could become the first completely fur free city in the United States, leading as an example for the rest of the world to follow. The progressive city of “WeHo” was the first town to pass an anti-declaw bill and all out ban on live pet sales in the nation. With WeHo referring to human companions of animals as “guardians” instead of the past term, “owners,” it’s no wonder that they would make this unprecedented move to have an entirely fur free environment. Award winning director and animal rights attorney Shannon Keith said “in 1989 West Hollywood signed a resolution to make an animal cruelty-free zone, and it can’t be an animal cruelty-free zone unless they stop the selling of fur.”


To help make this happen, John D’Amico has stepped up to the plate, supporting the fur free message in his campaign for West Hollywood City Council. He is going to focus on this legislation while in office and be a continual advocate for a fur free world. He said that “West Hollywood has the opportunity to once again be a leader for animal welfare by becoming the first fur-free city in the nation.” D’Amico continued, “We have pledged to be a place that is free of cruelty to animals and we can no longer support the barbaric fur trade by selling the products of that cruelty in our city.”
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Ed Buck, one of the organizers of “Fur Free WeHo,” said “This campaign is not just about banning fur but promoting West Hollywood as the capital of fur-free fashion, especially in its boutique district that includes a Stella McCartney store, which already shuns furs.” Buck was instrumental in helping get the ordinance passed which bans the sale of puppy mill animals in pet stores.

The initiative would make West Hollywood the first fur-free community in the United States and possibly the world. Hit Recording Artist Fawn commented “West Hollywood has always been a city ahead of it’s time, and the time is NOW to stop killing helpless and loving animals for their fur. The vanity of the fashion industry is utter insanity. People who wear real fur and even some faux furs have blood on their hands.”
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Fawn walked through the crowd and streets, turning heads and hearts with a stark reminder written on a double-sided sign, adorned over her stunning rescued white wolf dog Coda, which read “15 of me = 1 fur coat” and “My father died for your fur coat.” When resident Deanne Sire saw the sign, she said “I guess I never thought of my fur having been a living being and having had a dad.”

 


Actor Bill McNamara stated “Fur is definitely something we need to abolish, there is no reason that anybody today, in America needs to wear fur. It symbolized meanness of spirit. There is no other reason to wear it.”

New York Times Best Selling Author, Rory Freedman agreed with McNamera, sporting a shirt which read “Mean People Wear Fur.” Freedman explained, “Amongst other horrors, animals killed for their fur are subject to neck-breaking, strangulation, drowning, and anal or vaginal electrocution. Some are even skinned alive. All this so people with low self esteem can wear this shit and someone can make a few bucks selling it? Totally unacceptable and completely unnecessary.” She added, “I am thrilled that John D’Amico is making this issue his running platform and that West Hollywood can set a precedent for other cities to follow. Real change is not only possible, it’s imminent.”


Lords Of Acid vocalist Lacey Conner declared “The fur industry will never make itself humane and the only way to stop the fur industry is to make it go out of business.” She continue, “Don’t buy fur, if no one bought fur, the fur industry would go out of business and this mistreatment would not happen. I’m just asking people to please take a few minutes to to find out what is really going on.”


Film Producer Shannon Keith pointed out, “We have an election coming up on March 8th and it’s a great time to vote for the candidate that has a platform against fur. Once we get those candidates in place in city council, we will be able to move forward with this.”


“This is not about punishment or shame, it’s about really thinking creatively about how we live in the world and taking action and stopping the barbaric actions of harvesting fur, and really looking at who we are as individuals and as a people and West Hollywood is a great place for this to start.” Concluded Candidate John D’Amico.

To find out more go to www.ourWEHO.com, www.arme.tv and www.uncagedfilms.com
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Photos courtesy & (C) 2011 by Brenda Calvillo, Ciddy Fonteboa, Gary Smith, Gene Blalock, Vicki Melton, Mary Cummins and FFD Images.

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Editor’s Note: JR, Special Writer/Correspondent contributed to this story. Also story first published on January 30, 2011 on Examiner.com at http://www.examiner.com/events-in-los-angeles/over-250-animals-right-activists-take-action-to-make-weho-fur-free-city-usa
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Writer’s Corner: How do you feel about FUR. Do you like animals to be killed in pain? Many farms are killing the animals alive in a brutal way. They take away their skin to make clothes for us and make a profit? How do you feel about it? Please leave your comments.

CSI Actress Jorja Fox Co-Produces Documentary “How I Became An Elephant”

December 3, 2010 by  
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By Songirl Sez, Special For Diversity News
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On Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 9:30pm there was a pre-release special screening at the Artivist Film Festival of the documentary “How I Became An Elephant” produced by Jorja Fox and Tim Gorski. Due to incredible demand, the exclusive screening was held in the large movie theater at the Egyptian in Hollywood. The pre-release was originally scheduled for Saturday, December 4th in a smaller theater but was re-scheduled to accommodate a beyond sold-out audience of over 400 enthusiasts.

Directed by Award winning film makers, Tim Gorski and Synthian Sharp, this “Rattle The Cage Productions” documentary tells the heartwarming and heartwrenchheart-wrenching14 year old girl, Juliette West who journeys to Thailand to meet up with Asia’s famed Elephant savior, Lek Chailert. With love in their hearts and determination in their minds, Lek and Juliette set out to rescue the female elephant, Ratree, a severely abused 35 year-old elephant, from the Surin Elephant Roundup. Volunteers and the RTC film production crew made the 22 hour trip by truck to transport Ratree (which means Midnight, because she was their “midnight girl”), to her new home at the Elephant Nature Park. The film details what elephants go through overseas, with a short capsulization of their treatment in the United States. When asked about the film, Jorja Fox said “This movie is about elephants, it’s for elephants. It’s for our kids and their kids. But it applies to all the world’s animals, and the environment as a whole.” Film goer Melody said “I cried. They are such beautiful animals. I just can’t understand how people could treat them badly. How could someone see the pain and sadness in the eyes of any living creature and still hurt it?” When other audience members were asked to comment, the reactions seemed to be the same. Jean said “It was dreadful to see those majestic creatures treated so badly.” She went on to say “as for the Circus, I have never been and would never go.” Last Change For Animals undercover investigator Bryan stated “this is a must see movie for any one who is conscious. Whether you’re an elephant expert or have never seen an elephant before, you will learn something and be moved to action by this film.” Shop our Free Shipping Collection at 1-800-BASKETS.COM - 468x60

Notables in attendance were Shaun Monson (award winning director), Fawn (award-winning singer/songwriter/recording artist), Shannon Keith (award winning director), Actress Lisa Tharps (Cold Case), Charles Hambleton (Award winning producer of “The Cove”), Actor Brian Vandenberg (Destroy, Build, Destroy), Activist/Actress Ciddy Fonteboa, Gene Blalock (award winning editor/musician), Christina Cho (Peta Award Winner), Meggan Anderson (Activist/Playboy Model) and Shannon Mann (Whale Wars).

To find out more about this documentary and when it’s official premiere debuts, go tohttp://www.howibecameanelephant.com or follow on twitter @HIBAELEPHANT



About Jorja Fox:
Jorja-An Fox (born July 7, 1968, in New YorkNew York), is an American actress. She first came to prominence as a guest star on the television drama ER, portraying the recurring role of Dr. Maggie Doyle from 1996 to 1999. This was followed by another critical success in the recurring role of Secret Service Agent Gina Toscano on The West Wing in 2000. She is arguably best known for her work as Sara Sidle in the hit CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, a role she has portrayed as both a regular (2000–2007, 2010–) and recurring (2008–2010) cast member.
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Cindy Landon and Jennifer Pryor Help Raise Funds For Sanctuary

November 16, 2010 by  
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By JR, Special for Diversity News Magazine, published by Diversity News Publications

Saturday, November 13, 2010 Celebrities and Animal Rights Supporters came out for an exclusive A.R.M.E. (Animal, Rescue, Media and Education) and Uncaged Films fundraiser for their latest docufilm, “Sanctuary” directed by multi-award winning Shannon Keith and produced by Shannon Keith, Gene Blalock, Alec Pedersen and Ellen Lavinthal.

The cocktail attired event was graciously held at the Lavinthal estate and ran from 5-midnight. The $250.00 tax deductible ticket included a red carpet, drinks, catered food by One World Veggie Cuisine, auction items and screening of never-before seen footage of the film currently in production. Sanctuary documents the lives, incredible escape and survival of a few different primates from captivity – Udi, Puchi, Chucky, Moses, Chi Chi and Jimmy Sr., to name a few. When the short version of the film was finished rolling, there wasn’t a dry eye in the theater. The docufilm is about the will to live with innocent lives interrupted by tragedy, heroes and hope. Through a series of challenges each individual tale touches us in a different way from torture, enslavement, deprivation, mutilation and eventually safety and happiness. Enter Sanctuary – an inspirational and heart-warming glimpse into the lives of our primate brothers and sisters up close and personal. The docufilm unveils the sadness, pain and eventual hope and inspiration that transforms hopelessness into hope, and sadness into gratitude. The beginnings of the film are Inspirational, heart-warming and take you where no film has ever gone. Notables in attendance were Zoli Teglas from Pennywise, Annimal Allience Big TV host Ellen Lavinthal, Cindy Landon, Jennifer Pryor, Grammy Considered Recording Artist and 2010 HMMA Nominee Fawn, Producer of the Cove Alec Pedersen, Wendy Dio, Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary Founder Kari Bagnall, 2010 Peta Award Winner Christina Cho, Actress/Activist Ciddy Fonteboa, LCA Investigator Bryan Monell, Publicist Steven Escobar, and Suzanne Takowsky with Beverly Hills Times, among others. To donate to the making of this film go to www.arme.tv.

About ARME:

ARME’s mission is to eliminate the suffering of all animals. This goal is achieved by rescuing unwanted and homeless animals and by educating the public of the vast extent of the suffering animals endure in our society. Through its actions and words, ARME advances the freedom of all animals.

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Editor’s Note: Very Special Thank you to Recording Artist, Philanthropists and Actress Fawn. Also to Shannon Keith and the cast of “Sanctuary”.

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In Defense Of Animals – A Night of Storytelling Benefits the Animals of Gulf Oil Spill

August 2, 2010 by  
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In Defense of AnimalsBy JR, Special for Diversity News

On Friday, July 30, 2010 In Defense Of Animals held a fundraiser at The Strange in Los Angeles, CA from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

The event entitled “Story Time” (A night of storytelling) raised funds to assist IDA with it’s plight to help the innocent animals who fell victim of the Gulf Oil Spill.
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Hosted by Actress Elaine Hendrix, the evening consisted of a silent auction, raffle tickets, drinks, h’orderves and inspirational, funny and sometimes tear jerking stories and song. There were appearances onstage by Debra Wilson, Scotlund Haisley (President of IDA), Gina La Piana, Actress Daisy Eagan, Actress Melinda Hill, Laura House, Maggie Rowe, Charlie Schlatter, Morgan Sheppard and Larry Sullivan.

Other notables in attendance were award winning director Shannon Keith, actress/musician Traci Dinwiddie, actress, hit recording artist/songwriter Fawn, Gene Blalock of The Faded and several well respected animal rights activists and rescuers.

100% of the proceeds benefitted In Defense of Animals on behalf of the animals devastated by the Gulf oil spill. To make a donation directly, visit http://www.idausa.org


About IDA: Their mission is to end animal exploitation, cruelty, and abuse by protecting and advocating for the rights, welfare, and habitats of animals, as well as to raise their status beyond mere property, commodities, or things. In Defense of Animals is a registered 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.