On January 2, 2017, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) decided to ignore science, ethics, and thousands of pleas from animal activists. AHF proceeded with its plan and released 198 captive-bred doves during the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, to supposedly honor the victims of the horrific Pulse nightclub attack in Orlando, Florida. We must let the Foundation know what we think of its cruel and unethical actions.
Dr. G.A. Bradshaw, doctor of ecology and psychology whose work focuses on trans-species psychology and the theory and methods for the study and care of animal psychological wellbeing wrote to AHF in a letter dated December 13, 2016:
"The only way to prevent the horrors of trauma is to not cause further trauma. This is what your proposed treatment of the doves will do. Birds have comparable brains and vulnerability to PTSD as we do. As a researcher on animal and human trauma, I can attest not only to the profound cruelty, but also to the perpetuation of trauma on this planet if you proceed with your plan. Doves are not just symbols of peace, they are peace itself as they have never done to us what we and you plan to do to them."
AHS disregarded all appeals on behalf of the doves and used these magnificent birds against their will. After the event, AHS posted an announcement on their Facebook page stating that all of the doves had returned "home." While that may be true, it is irrelevant. Animals do not exist to be used and traumatized by humans.
Let's stand in solidarity with animal activists across the country by telling AHS to stop making excuses for traumatizing innocent doves. Together, we can be the voices of these helpless doves crying for freedom from abuse!
Please urge AHS to stop using animals as props!
1) Make a phone call and ask to leave a message with Michael's assistant, Marissa and mention just one or two points from our alert.
Michael Weinstein, PresidentAIDS Healthcare Foundation323-860-5200
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