Victory: After 20 Years, Art Show Won’t Bring Back Monkey Act

Victory: After 20 Years, Art Show Won’t Bring Back Monkey Act


PETA Had Urged Mount Gretna Art Show to Protect Animals and Audiences by Canceling Capuchin Performance

Mount Gretna, Pa. – After discussions with PETA, the Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show has decided to move forward this year without a monkey act that has appeared at the annual event for the last 20 years. The act in question used a capuchin monkey named Django, who’s missing her canine teeth. They were likely pulled out, a cruel and traumatic procedure that’s been prohibited by a U.S. Department of Agriculture policy since 2006. Monkeys are wild animals, and when forced into stressful situations—such as public exhibitions—they sometimes become aggressive and bite humans. A concerned individual recently filmed Django behaving aggressively toward children at a fair.

Sierra Club to Trump in California: Face the Facts on What’s Behind Destructive Wildfires

Sierra Club to Trump in California: Face the Facts on What’s Behind Destructive Wildfires

Sierra Club to Trump in California: Face the Facts on What’s Behind Destructive Wildfires

[WASHINGTON, DC] — Over the weekend, Donald Trump visited communities in California that were severely damaged by wildfire. Trump’s visit comes among reports of 80 dead, more than 1,000 missing, and thousands of homes and businesses destroyed. Trump has repeatedly denied that climate change exists, yet claimed he wants “great climate.” Scientific consensus has repeatedly stated that climate change is responsible for the increased risk of these unnaturally large and dangerous fires, with firefighters reporting serious changes in fire behavior in recent years.

In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune ( photo ) released the following statement:

“Our thoughts are with the people of California who have and continue to suffer unimaginable loss from this unprecedented wave of wildfires. We are grateful for the firefighters, first responders and disaster relief professionals on the ground helping those who have been affected and displaced.

“Our public officials cannot stop at visits and expressions of condolences — let alone nonsensical remarks and lies — immediate action must be taken to protect our communities. As recovery efforts continue, our leaders must prioritize smart, science-based prevention efforts that acknowledge the role climate change plays in intensifying wildfires.

 “We call on Donald Trump to face the facts. Take the steps that are necessary to put people, our communities, and their future first. The Sierra Club remains committed to helping the people affected by the California wildfires and to taking science-based action to protect people and communities.”

Whose side are they on anyway?

Whose side are they on anyway?

It’s curious ( read sad ) that Republicans, who for decades have called Russia the Evil Empire and who have been so neurotic about a Russian invasion. Now are okay with top Donald Trump government officials and Melania’s husband himself having private gatherings with senior Russian administration officials and are defending Trump’s cozy relationships with Russian diplomats, oligarchs, and his expression of wanting a better relationship with Putin. The GOP is okay with all this and apparently support Ivanka’s daddy attempts to bring down the probe. Whose side are they on anyway?

Veterans Day message from sen. Lindsey Graham

Veterans Day message from sen. Lindsey Graham

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) released this message in honor of Veterans Day.