PETA is presenting Price Chopper CEO Neil Golub with a Compassionate Action Award for pulling the supermarket chain’s funding for the Nerger Lion and Tiger Show’s appearance at the Champlain Valley Fair. Golub pulled the company’s sponsorship after receiving complaints from Burlington residents who pointed out that the show is exploitive and inhumane. Golub claims that fair officials misled him about what Price Chopper would be sponsoring and that Price Chopper would never voluntarily support any form of animal abuse.”By refusing to sponsor the Nerger Lion and Tiger Show, Price Chopper is sending fair officials and attendees a strong message that big cats shouldn’t be subjected to unnatural environments, noisy crowds, and cruel training methods,” says PETA Director Debbie Leahy. “The lion and 12 tigers who are forced to perform at the fair are owned by the Hawthorn Corp., which the U.S. Department of Agriculture has repeatedly cited for failing to follow the minimal guidelines set by the Animal Welfare Act.”Hawthorn, which employs Juergen and Judit Nerger, the trainers who run the Nerger Lion and Tiger Show, has been cited for failure to maintain sufficient distance and/or barriers between animals and the general viewing public, failure to provide veterinary care to a lion who had three lesions, and failure to provide adequate veterinary care to three tigers who had sores on the tops of their heads and near their eyes. Hawthorn has also given animals to exhibitors such as L&L Exotics, which has a lengthy history of poor animal care. (L&L eventually had its license revoked.)Source: PETA.org.
Good luck to Tumwater, Capital and North Thurston high schools in their quest for a state championship. Watch two of the games locally and stay tuned for photos and coverage post-game.Tumwater vs Archbishop Murphy – Friday, November 16th at 7:00 pm at TumwaterCapital vs Burlington-Edison – Saturday, November 17th at 4:00 pm at Ingersoll StadiumNorth Thurston vs. University – Saturday, November 17th at 5:00 pm in Spokane Facebook8Tweet0Pin0
Lindo Creek CoI The wife of Lindo Creek Massacre victim Clifton ‘Berry’ Wong said she heard the news about miners being killed, but brushed it aside and went about her domestic chores, only to have her entire world collapse later that night.Collette Wong took to the stand before the Commission of Inquiry into the June 2008 Lindo Creek Massacre and tearfully recounted when she received the news of her husband Clifton Wong’s death.Clifton Wong’s daughter, Shaniza Romain, on the standThe woman related that prior to heading into Lindo Creek, her husband had been home to celebrate Mother’s Day and her birthday, and while heading into Lindo Creek, he had promised to send some money to celebrate their daughter’s birthday on June 13.The woman said the last communication she had had with her husband was when he stopped at Kwakwani before heading into Lindo Creek, and he had told her, ‘I love you’, and had asked her to take care of their five children.Collette explained that when she did not hear from her husband for their daughter’s birthday, she made contact with his boss, Leonard Arokium, and asked that he contact the camp, which he promised to do.Amidst tears, Collette Wong said her nephew-in-law was the one who had informed her of her husband’s death on June 21, at sometime around 12:30hrs.“I bravely said, ‘Hit me with it,’ he said, ‘You already heard’, and I said there was a newsflash. At that moment I did not panic,” she said. To confirm the news, she then called Arokium, and her worst fears became true.“Upon hearing that, I went upstairs. The children were already in their bed, and I woke them up and said, ‘He is no more! He is no more!’ ” the still grieving woman related before breaking down on the stand.She said her screams were so loud that they woke up the entire neighbourhood, and persons came over to enquire what was going on.She said that apart from media operatives, the family was visited by Social Welfare Officers, but she noted that they did not receive any form of counselling or therapy to deal with their loss.Collette Wong said she was also fearful of the heavy Police presence in her street during the wake held for her husband. She further related that her brother-in-law, Courtney Wong, was asked to provide the Police with an SNA sample, and that the family was never contacted about the burial of her husband’s remains.Also taking the stand was the late Clifton’s daughter, Shaniza Romain, whose birthday he was supposed to send money for. The woman related that when her father did not call her for her birthday, she sensed something was wrong.She said that her father was a family man and would never miss their birthdays, and she still remembers the last present he had given her before he was murdered.Romain recounted that, in 2007, her father had presented her with a pair of gold jingles (bangles) for her birthday, but after his death, the family had to sell those to supplement their finances.Sometime between June 12, 2008 and June 24, 2008, miners Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Speirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry and Nigel Torres were shot and killed, and their bodies burnt at the Upper Berbice River mining camp being operated by Leonard Arokium.The Lindo Creek CoI is the first of what the coalition Government has said would be a series of inquiries into the hundreds of killings which occurred during a crime wave that began in 2002. The CoI was established to inquire into the circumstances surrounding the killings of eight miners, and to report its findings and recommendations to President David Granger.