With Oakland poised to join Los Angeles in banning bullhooks — weapons resembling a fireplace poker with a sharp hook on one end that circuses and other animal exhibitors use to beat and threaten elephants — a bevy of celebrity PETA supporters are speaking out to encourage the City Council to approve the ban during tomorrow’s meeting.Davey Havok, the lead singer of the über-popular band AFI and an Oakland native, says, “The use of a bullhook is cruel and unjust. We need only imagine being held captive and beaten for the sake of another’s entertainment to know that this tool of torture and slavery should be banned.”Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, who has long been vocal against circus bullhook abuse, says, “I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to observe elephants in their natural habitat in South Africa. The magnificent animals I encountered weren’t performing headstands or standing on tubs like they do at the circus, where they’re routinely beaten with bullhooks. Instead, they were tending to their young, running free, and living in peace. I urge the Oakland City Council to ban this weapon that causes elephants such immense suffering.”Adds the NFL’s David Carter, “As a former player for the Raiders who loves the great city of Oakland, I hope the City Council will follow in the compassionate footsteps of Los Angeles — where I played college football — and take a stand for elephants by banning bullhooks.”Television icon Bob Barker’s opposition to the use of bullhooks on elephants is also clear: “Nothing — and certainly not a few minutes of entertainment — justifies abusing these extremely sensitive, intelligent, and majestic animals with painful bullhooks, which leave puncture wounds and scarring.”PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” — has been a longtime proponent of bullhook bans.Source:PETA
This week marks the one-year anniversary since the passing of Leonard Nimoy, who lost his battle with COPD.Julie Nimoy with her father Leonard Nimoy His daughter, Julie Nimoy and her husband, David Knight, are determined to continue his “final mission” to raise awareness for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), by producing a new documentary called, “COPD: Highly Illogical: A Special Tribute to Leonard Nimoy”.“The film is going to be an intimate look at my father’s life, legacy, and his final years advocating for greater awareness around COPD,” Julie Nimoy said. “My Dad felt an urgent responsibility to educate people about it, frequently tweeting and speaking about the disease and its causes.” Our goal, as Dad’s was, is to reach the millions of people throughout the world who have the disease but sadly, do not know it.Video: COPD: Highly Illogical – A Special Tribute to Leonard Nimoy – Narrated by John de LancieThe couple launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo last month to raise the additional $150,000 required to produce COPD: Highly Illogical – A Special Tribute to Leonard Nimoy.Julie and David are hopeful they will secure the funding by mid-March so that the film can be released near Star Trek’s 50th anniversary later this summer. The immensely popular series aired its first episode on September 8, 1966.COPD affects over 30 million Americans and is America’s third leading cause of death. Sadly, over a third of these Americans suffer the symptoms of the disease – coughing, wheezing, tightness in the chest and breathlessness – without ever being diagnosed. This, as Spock would say, is “highly illogical,” since early detection and treatment can reduce suffering and extend lives.For more information, to view the documentary film trailer and to link to the Indiegogo funding page, go to www.copdllap.com. For a direct link to the funding page, click here.