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Twelve Days of Xmas - 2009

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Day 1: In Defense of Pit Bulls


This year's Operation: 12 Days of Xmas kicks off on a very serious note. On December 15, 2009, Win Animal Rights will be represented in the Kings County courtroom where Fabian Henderson will be sentenced for the crime of abusing a young female pit bull named Oreo. Fabian Henderson beat her and threw her off the roof of a 6 story building. As the result of a plea deal, Henderson was to get off without any jail time. He missed his sentencing hearing and as a result, he may now receive jail time. We will see on Tuesday if Oreo will get any justice from the courts.

Meanwhile, the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), after using Oreo shamelessly for fundraising, finished the job that Fabian Henderson started, by sentencing Oreo to death by lethal injection on November 13, 2009. Ed Sayres, CEO of the "A" and Victoria Wells, the uncertified behaviorist, who had Oreo killed will not be facing a judge for their crimes. Instead they are planning to execute another pit bull.

Tonight, that pit bull awaits death in a cage at the "A". His name is Max. He will be fed a last meal of "premium kibble" (whatever that is) and tomorrow he will die at the hands of the ASPCA, which has the audacity to refer to itself as a No Kill Shelter.

The root of the problem is twofold. We have an unskilled, uncertified "animal behaviorist", Victoria Wells. Whistleblowers at the "A" report that she has substance abuse issues. It is clear from pictures and videos that she has problems dealing with certain types of dogs. And we have a CEO that is arrogant and insensitive not only to the plight of the animals, but also to his own staff, as he bullies and blackmails them into submission. His response to questions or criticism is that if a staffer does not agree with a decision, they are free to leave their job at the ASPCA. Not to mention his utter disregard for the animal advocacy constituency.

And on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 3:00 PM, this dastardly duo will claim yet another victim: Max.

Who will fight for Max? Who will mourn Max? Sadly, caring staff at the ASPCA will mourn him just like they grieved over poor Oreo. We, at Win Animal Rights, will fight for Max, and for Oreo, and for Bruce, and for Lucy. We will fight shelters like the ASPCA, not because we want to......but because WE MUST.

If we allow animal protection organizations to kill pit bulls with impugnity, their blood would be just as much on our hands as it is on theirs. If we allow organizations to operate behind a shroud of indifference, then we are as much to blame as they are.


(remember we only have until 3:00 pm on Tuesday, December 15, 2009)

2. You can sign the petition calling for Ed Sayres' resignation here:

3. Contact Ed Sayres & Victoria Wells:

Mr. Ed Sayres
President & CEO
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
424 E. 92nd St
New York, NY 10128-6804


Telephone: 1-212-876-7700 Ext. 4603

His secretary, Christine is at: 1-212-876-7700 ext. 4600

Victoria Wells
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
424 E. 92nd St
New York, NY 10128-6804


Telephone: 1-212-876-7700 Ext. 4422

4. Plan to join our protests and candlelight vigils. Protests will be held this week at the ASPCA and at the homes of the decision makers of the ASPCA. Please look for announcements later in the week.

We leave you with two poems and a video that resonated with us. We dedicate this day to Oreo and to Max and all other pit bulls, pit bull mixes and the many breeds that are mistaken for pit bulls.

American Pit Bull Terriers

Their love is like no other; their heart is pure as gold.
Yet while going on a friendly walk, they're faced with stares of cold.
They're so very close to human, in how they act and what they do.
Unless you've known their devoted love, it's impossible to explain to you.
They are greatly more MISUNDERSTOOD than any other breed.
We tend to punish this loyal dog, instead of mankind's deeds.
They are always and forever clowns, with a wish for center stage.
Yet while displaying this sense of humor, most people disengage.
They, oh, so want to make new friends, and run and jump and play.
yet when they happily approach, most people shy away.
Often I've seen children poke, or hop on for a ride.
And when I felt they might get mad, they've only beamed with pride.
I've seen these children yank and pull, with nary a reaction.
Yet media's not interested, unless they've put someone in traction.
They love to snuggle up real close, to give lots of loves and kisses.
Yet they suffer more than any, from unfair prejudices.
What animal do I speak of, whose love is so unique?
If you've truly known one, you know of whom I speak.
There is no creature on this earth who will ever make you merrier.
The animal I do speak of, it's the American Pit Bull Terrier.

by: Patty Letawsky

A Pit Bulls' Right to Be

I went for a walk the other day,
to clear my head, when along the way.
I came upon a sight to sorry to see,
a beaten pit bull looking up at me.

She had been fought, and lost my guess,
Thrown away like all the rest.
In her eyes, I saw a love so deep,
a deep hardened anger into my soul did creep.

I put the anger aside, and bent down to hold,
this beautiful creature, so lonely and cold.
I knew she was dying, she knew it too,
and she would die in my arms, me saying I love you.

We sat for awhile, looking into each other's eyes,
and no one could hear our sad, sad cries.
With her last little strength, she licked my face,
and then went away with a beautiful grace.

I walked away a different soul,
Anger and hatred would take their toll.
I was so lost in anger and grief,
my life was being stolen, by an invisible thief.

I looked for a purpose, and soon I did see,
I had to fight, for a pit bulls right to be.
Pit bulls are loyal, loving, honest, and true,
and sweet pit bulls, I'll always be fighting for you.

by: C. Hamilton

Save our Beloved Breed

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Friday, December 18th - SHAC Global Day of Action - Fortress Investment

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