State of Illusions, GooseWatch & Eco Eyewear

• Summer Rayne Oakes is spoiling us with these really stylish frames and shades. The Eco and Eco by Summer Rayne Oakes collection are made with 95% recycled materials. Top it off with a video showcasing the collection featuring Moby’s music. Get them HERE.

• Iowa has become a state where it’s illegal to tell the truth. In a move that supports the illusions spun by big agricultural interests, Governor Terry Branstad has just signed the “Ag-Gag” bill that makes criminals out of undercover investigators and whistle-blowers who expose cruelty to animals, http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m08822mNLA1qi827oo1_400.jpgcorporate corruption, dangerous working conditions, environmental violations, or food safety concerns at factory farms.

Undercover investigations by Mercy For Animals and other groups have led to landmark corporate animal welfare policy reforms, new and improved laws to protect farmed animals and the environment, felony convictions of animal abusers, increased consumer protection and food safety initiatives, and the closure of particularly corrupt facilities. Without undercover investigations, there are oftentimes no effective watchdogs protecting animals from egregious cruelty in these facilities.

What You Can Do:

Expose Factory Farm CrueltyPlease share this video with as many people as you can and help expose the cruel and corrupt practices of Iowa’s factory farming industry.

Stop the Ag-Gag – Harmful and unconstitutional whistleblower-suppression legislation is now being considered in the following states. If you live in one of these states, please take action below:

  • Illinois: HB 5143 – Take Action
  • New York: S 5172 – Take Action
  • Utah: HB 187 – Take Action
  • Indiana: SB 184 (bill pending)
  • Minnesota: HF 1369/ SF 1118 (bill pending)
  • Missouri: SB 695 (bill pending)
  • Nebraska: LB 915 (bill pending)

• Since the landing of US Airways flight 1549 in the Hudson in January of 2009, more than 3,200 resident Canada Geese have been slaughtered in the NYC area. The USDA killings are conducted in secret and without any community notification or public approval.

This summer, members of GooseWatch will attempt to meet USDA on the scene of the Canada gohttp://www.cbc.ca/gfx/images/news/topstories/2011/07/13/si-canada-goose-852.jpgose “round ups” that occur in public parks, in order to document the cruel operations.

Airplanes are build to withstand collisions with birds, and if they are in good working condition, they do just that.  Killing New York City’s Canada goose population is not a solution to the dangers posed by aircraft strikes

When we kill animals that inconvenience us we create and perpetuate intolerance for all life, including fellow humans. Only a very small percentage of habitat that once existed in NYC for migratory birds still remains. Can’t a huge city of more than 8 million people live with a few hundred avian residents?

More Info:

http://www.goosewatchnyc.com

Sign The Petition:
http://www.change.org/petitions/mayor-bloomberg-end-the-war-on-nycs-canada-geese

Written by joshuakatcher

Joshua Katcher started The Discerning Brute in 2008 as a resource for men who want to make intelligent decisions concerning their lifestyles. With a focus on “fashion, food & etiquette for the ethically handsome man”, The Discerning Brute produces expert, essential content and boldly takes a stand. Brave GentleMan, the integrated, eCommerce brother-site of The Discerning Brute was launched in 2011 and features “principled attire” and “smart supplies” handpicked for informed indulgence.
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