"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men."
"I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being."
~ Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the U.S.
Protests, Boycotts, & Legal Actions
(Some of our stories printed in the Providence Journal)
Leghold steel jawed trap protest - 01/14/2001
After protesting the use of the leghold, steel jawed trap to kill beavers in the town of Scituate, RI, the town agreed to meet with Defenders of Animals, who requested the expertise of the Fund for Animals from Connecticut. We offered to construct a "beaver block."
The results: The town of Scituate stopped trapping beavers with leghold, steel jawed traps.
Lincoln, RI, allowed a Sterling & Reid Brothers circus to perform. Defenders of Animals forwarded USDA inspection documents. Response: Town officials said that they would conduct thorough background checks before allowing circuses to perform in the town. The USDA has cited Sterling & Reid for several violations including abuse of animals, failure to provide veterinary care to sick or injured animals, and giving animals contaminated food.
Our organization has filed suit against the town of Coventry and the RI Department of Environmental Management. The complaint alleges that the Coventry shelter violated state animal care and cruelty laws and that the state veterinarian, who is under DEM was not enforcing the general laws of RI.
Results: the suit is still pending, but animal control officers cannot destroy animals now without approval from the captain in charge, and euthanization is being done by injection by a veterinarian when necessary.
Defenders of Animals protested four shooting preserves frequented by hunters. The safety record of the shooting facilities was dismal, including a stray bullet incident that just missed a child's head by inches. Due to complaints from residents, town officials, and Defenders of Animals, all four shooting preserves have been closed to all rifle and handgun shooting.
Fish & wildlife official targeted by DOA - 01/21/2000
We assailed the RI state fish and wildlife chief for speaking at a town council meeting in favor of a shooting range that had displayed a poor safety record for years. The Department of Environmental Management's Chief of Staff stated, "Stolgitis exercised poor judgment by speaking at the meeting."