ADL Blasts Those Who are Attacking Brenda Barnette and Urge Council Confirmation


Watch this link to just ONE of the weekly opportunities Barnette has implemented to get more of the public to adopt animals instead of buying from a breeder or Pet Shop. These are the sorts of creative things we need in Los Angeles to Stop The Killing:   (there is already a famous male entertainer who has offered to do these Pet of the Week 'youtube' video's for Barnette and LAAS when she gets here!)

Below is another positive quote, (we'll continue passing them on to our readers) from individuals who have WORKED along side Brenda Barnette. These are the individuals who we should be relying on for the TRUTH about Barnette, not a few jealous and vindictive welfarists who are spreading false rumors and showing malicious ill will and a desire to hurt Barnette motivated by spite and/or a lack of knowledge about her that they should have gathered from those who have worked beside her. ADL-LA took FOUR DAYS to research Barnette and spoke to dozens of people about her after Mayor Villaraigosa announced her appointment as the next General Manager for LAAS; the naysayers should have done the same!  

The disputants are now even spreading rumors about ADL-LA and the fact that we are "battle weary" and that's why we're NOT going after Brenda Barnette. This is simply delusional thinking. ADL-LA isn't battle weary; we've fought animal campaigns for longer then the one to STOP THE KILLING at LAAS. 

The reason why we are supporting and giving Brenda Barnette a chance to "show her stuff" is that we did a thorough, in depth check on her and spoke to DOZENS of people who work and volunteer for her in her current position as CEO of Seattle Humane as well as other animals organizations she has worked in.

We did the SAME type of research on Ed Boks and even though everyone we spoke to told us negative things about him i.e. cooking the books, inept, disorganized, etc., ADL-LA STILL gave Boks a six month to one year "grace period" because we thought he may be able to do what he couldn't do in NYC and AZ. Obviously when ADL-LA learned he was doing EXACTLY the same 'shit' (excuse our French!) here in LA as in NYC and AZ we began posting this to our readers and dusted off our protesting shoes.

Surely those of you who are undecided about Barnette owe her as much of a chance as ADL-LA gave to Ed Boks! Another big difference in our research between Boks and Barnette is that NONE of the people we have spoken to have stated anything but positive things about Barnette; even though some may disagree with a few of her "personal views " they have all stated that she has done an AWESOME job and has single-handedly inspired a city and the SHS employees to get the LIVE SAVE RATE to 92% and has implemented the most progressive, creative programs ever seen in Seattle on behalf of lost and homeless animals.
ADL-LA doesn't have the time nor the energy to decipher how and why Jim Bickhart and Mayor Villaraigosa chose Brenda Barnette to be our new GM for LAAS, all we have the time to do is to be thankful to them because this time they and their interview committee have chosen someone who LA should be REJOICING about. KUDOS to Bickhart and the Mayor; that's all we have to say. 

Please help this little Lass

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Another ADL Boost of Brenda Barnette With Video

Brenda Barette with one of the homeless dogs at SHS (who got adopted into a wonderful home!)
ADL-LA is going to continue sending quotes (like the one below) from individuals who have worked along side Brenda Barnette. We are also going to ask you to do us and the animals a BIG FAVOR! The City Council (if they're smart) will approve the Mayor's choice for the new General Manager of LAAS; but just to make absolutely sure they do the ethical, moral and wise thing for the animals of LA as well as the tax payers who live here, we are BEGGING YOU ALL to call three council members for every post we send out. At the bottom of this post we have listed three councilmembers and in each of our future posts we will list three more for you to call (it's best to call and leave a message with the councilmember's aid or secretary) and tell them you support Brenda Barnette as the new GM for LAAS and want to make sure they vote YES at the approval hearing. In this way YOU will be a part of history in finally making the department of Los Angeles Animal Services a progressive, humane, compassionate and popular shelter system that is known by the entire city as well as cities beyond for being a beacon of light and life for homeless and lost animals. 
Below is another quote about Barnette from the president of the Coalition for a No Kill King County, Clair Davis. 

"As the CEO of the Seattle Humane Society, Brenda Barnette has overseen a transformation of that shelter from a "traditional" shelter that used to kill animals because they were too old, too ugly, or had been at the shelter too long, into a shelter where every healthy or treatable animal is guaranteed a home.  Under her leadership, the Seattle Humane Society is taking in more animals, and adopting more animals, than ever before -- while the intake rates at the regressive county-run shelter have dropped sharply at the same time.  Brenda has also overseen new programs to offer free spay/neuter to area pit bulls, instituted a new fund to provide medical care and treatment for cats, and expanded the foster care program to care for sick and underage animals.

At the same time, Brenda has been a staunch advocate for all the animals in King County, WA.  For the past three years, animal advocates here have been waging a battle to reform King County Animal Care and Control, the regressive county shelter.  I came to know Brenda Barnette after I formed the Coalition for a No Kill King County and worked alongside her on the King County Animal Care and Control Citizens' Advisory Committee. During the past year, I've continued to work with her in my position as the co-chair of KCACC Exposed, an organization dedicated exclusively to reforming county animal care and control. Since our advisory committee issued a report calling the conditions at KCACC "deplorable" in 2007, the county has brought in several experts who reiterated that conclusion, including Nathan Winograd, director of the No Kill Advocacy Center, and a team from the U.C. Davis Shelter Medicine Program.  During the past three years, Brenda has worked tirelessly to help put pressure on county officials to reform KCACC, while simultaneously expanding the services offered by Seattle Humane Society to provide care for more of the county's animals, including thousands transferred to Seattle Humane Society from KCACC.  
Brenda has also joined me in working to defeat local legislation that would impose a breed ban on pit bulls, and to support legislation to make King County shelters No Kill, by mandating that the county shelters achieve at least an 85% save rate through the use of progressive programs.

As you well know, fighting for the animals is not always easy.  At times, all of us who have dared to publicly challenge the deplorable conditions at KCACC have come under brutal attack from those with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo -- often by means of anonymous blogs from people without the courage to use their names and stand behind their allegations.  Unfortunately, these sorts of unfounded attacks, and the slow and arduous process of working for reform, have caused many people to give up the fight.  But this adversity has never phased Brenda, who has always been willing to put herself on the line to stand up for the animals.

I was dismayed to see that at least one blogger in Los Angeles has already started to repeat the unfounded and inaccurate attacks that have circulated about Brenda here, because she dared to stand up for the animals against an entrenched bureaucracy.  I would hope that the animal advocates of Los Angeles will realize that you are lucky to have Brenda as the new general manager of Los Angeles Animal Services.  While she is a fine manager and diplomat, she is also a tough, tireless, and dedicated advocate -- which seems to be exactly what the animals of Los Angeles need.
Regarding the false and misleading rumors some bloggers are sending out about Brenda's not liking Pit Bulls, that's BULL shit (excuse my  pun!) The Seattle Humane Society looks at the disposition of pit bulls.  So long as they are not dangerous, they are placed.  Homes are screened carefully to make sure they want a very athletic dog and that they understand who pit bulls are. If the Pit Bulls are unrehabilitative SHS places them in several sanctuaries in the area. 
If you blog Brenda Barnette on this topic you will find that she has been an outspoken advocate for pit bulls. She has consistently opposed legislation that discriminates against the bully breeds. Here are some examples including a video of her with a huge pit bull on her lap for an interview."

How anyone cannot love and embrace this woman is beyond the comprehension of ADL-LA: She even goes on weekly local news shows to educate the public on all the GREAT dogs, cats and other animals they have for adoption. LAAS has NEVER done anything like that and it's one of the reasons why the public doesn't even know about LAAS and the incredible animals that are desperately waiting for loving homes. 


IWC rejects commercial whaling bid

Posted 2 hours 28 minutes ago
Negotiations on the future of commercial whaling have collapsed, with pro- and anti-whaling nations unable to break a decades-long deadlock.
The defeat of the move to overturn a 24-year ban on commercial whaling at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) conference in Morocco was a victory for Australia's anti-whaling stance.
Two days of private talks ended in stalemate after Australia and the Latin American nations argued the plan was flawed and dangerous.
New Zealand's commissioner Sir Geoffrey Palmer backed the plan, but was unable to convince others in the anti-whaling camp to sign up.
"The gaps cannot at this time be bridged and the reason for that I think is obvious enough," he said.
"There is an absence of political will to change sufficiently to bridge those gaps; there is an absence of political will to compromise. This is a matter of regret but it's a fact."
The deal on offer would have allowed Japan to resume limited commercial whaling if it agreed to cut its scientific quota in the Southern Ocean.
Australia has been the most vocal opponent. Environment Minister Peter Garrett hailed the decision as a victory.
"I don't think it was a question of political will at all here, it was a question of the substance of the compromise that was in front of us," he said.
"It's very clear that there were a number of countries, not only Australia, that could not and would not accept the substance of that compromise."
The agenda item, however, is still on the table and may be revived at next year's IWC meeting.
Whaling nations will continue using loopholes in the moratorium to set their own quotas, killing whales for so-called scientific research.
Patrick Ramage from the International Fund for Animal Welfare says there is no reason to celebrate today's decision.
"Well, sadly, the reality in the water won't change for whales," he said.
"There's a cooling off period for the bureaucrats at the IWC, but the whalers will remain in hot pursuit of their prey in the Southern Ocean, in the north Pacific and in the north Atlantic as well, with Iceland and Norway killing whales there."
Darren Kindleysides from the Marine Conservation Society says the IWC still needs to be reformed.
"Now it's time to throw the IWC a lifeline, so it can be reformed into a modern conservation body," he said.

ADL Intensifies Support for New GM; Attacks Barnette's Critics

ADL said it conducted intense investigation of Barnette, and claim she is the real deal. ADL wants everyone to communicate with the Mayor and Jim Bickhart they they made a great choice for GM. From ADL:


ADL-LA members have spent not one, not two, not three but FOUR days now talking to people from the Seattle Humane Society (SHS) regarding Brenda Barnette, our Mayor's choice for the new LAAS General Manager. Two of our ADL-LA members took off work for one full day just to make as many phone calls and get as much info as possible from employees, volunteers, rescuers and administrators who were willing to speak to them. We have basically put Brenda Barnette under our microscope. So with all the humility we can muster, we have to say that even though ADL-LA members personally scorn Jim Bickhart, the Mayor, Jimmy Blackman and others who have for years been complicit in the slaughter of animal inside LAAS, we must now give credit where credit is due. They were absolutely correct in their choice for the new General Manager and their choice seems to imply that they are ready and willing for major positive change and a new vision, a LIFE SAVING VISION, for the homeless and lost animals of Los Angeles. 
From all our research, which we began right after we heard that Barnette was going to be appointed by the Mayor in an LA Times blog last Wednesday night, we have learned that not only did Jim Bickhart, the Mayor, Jimmy Blackman and anyone else who was behind her appointment make the most intelligent choice, but it's a monumental choice that will finally accelerate the LAAS shelters from being evil killing dungeons into the beacon of a life affirming sheltering system. 
ADL-LA was able to speak with many individuals including volunteers, employees and rescuers who work or have worked with Barnette on a daily basis and we even spoke to one of the individuals involved with the superb and large foster network program that Brenda Barnette set up herself and which has been so successful in saving the lives of hundreds upon hundreds of animals who would otherwise be dead right now. 
In fact, in complete contrast to what we were told by employees in NYC and AZ regarding how inept, disorganized and duplicitous Ed Boks was while in charge of the homeless and lost animals of their cities, we have gotten irrefutable evidence and information about Barnette's programs that she set up with the Seattle humane community, the public and her employees which has saved the lives of thousands of animals since Barnette was appointed CEO of SHS in 2006. This is why (and we can't believe we are saying this,) but we at ADL-LA are asking our readers and supporters to e-mail Jim Bickhart, Jimmy Blackman and Mayor Villaraigosa and thank them for doing something that will save the lives of THOUSANDS of our city's homeless and lost animals. Their
e-mails are at the end of this post! 
Unfortunately there are a few people, (there always are) who ironically have NEVER even worked with Barnette or even MET the woman who are circulating confusing, nasty and false e-mails about her. It is quite incongruous that all the people we spoke to that know Barnette personally and/or have worked along side Barnette at SHS and at ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation) have said nothing but amazing things about her. Yet a minority of so called animal welfarists here in LA who don't even know the woman, spreading nasty and completely false information about her. They definitely have their own personal axes to grind and it saddens ADL-LA tremendously (and the animals inside the LAAS shelters right now,) that a small minority are putting their ego's and their misinformation BEFORE what is best for the lost and homeless animals of LA. It's no wonder why many view LA's humane welfare community as a bunch of competitive, mean spirited, negative individuals who want change, yet fear that very change.  Some have even called the animal welfare community here in LA 'kooks' who will never "get their act together!"  We must prove these people WRONG! We can and MUST "get our act together" and get behind a woman who will not only be the first female to be appointed as General Manager for LAAS, but  who is one of the most progressive, humane shelter leaders in the nation. 
One of these individuals spreading untruths about Barnette we are very saddened to say, was a candidate for the GM position who obviously didn't get the job. She began spearheading a witch hunt against this superb and progressive shelter leader immediately after hearing the Mayor's decision. ADL-LA admits that this candidate is very knowledgeable about LAAS and has great ideas, and suggestions regarding reducing the killing inside our six city shelters, BUT. . . . she has no track record of ever doing it herself. Barnette on the other hand has a PROVEN STELLAR RECORD of implementing programs, policies and procedures in conjunction with employees, volunteers, a huge foster network, rescuers and even the PUBLIC that has brought the Seattle Humane Shelter to a 92% SAVE RATE! The numbers, and we have checked them out thoroughly through the Asolimar Accords (and they DON'T lie) show her save rate as consistently being between 91% and 92%  for the past three years.
It would take ADL-LA hours to type in all the quotes and information we have obtained on this lady and needless to say it would be way too long for one post; so we're going to have to send them out in a series of posts. So here goes installment #1!
From what we have found out Barnette is a female shelter LEADER who is nationally recognized and who not only has the skill set to implement live saving programs and think outside the box, but has the vision as well. So please delete any e-mails from those people who have never worked with Barnette or have axes to grind with her personally and who are attempting to obstruct her appointment. ADL-LA says SHAME ON THEM! Not ONE of these obstructionists has ever run a shelter or better yet, turned a high kill shelter into a shelter that now saves 92% of the animals they take in (and they are an OPEN shelter by the way; they don't turn ANYONE away.) Instead of our entire humane community rejoicing and rallying around the Mayor and Ms. Barnette, a few bad apples are trying to spoil her stellar reputation of saving more animal lives on record than practically any other shelter in the of nation. 
This time around the Mayor has chosen a winner to lead LAAS and he's handing her to us on a silver platter and we should all rejoice, not only for the animals whose lives WILL BE SAVED by having such a capable leader at the helm, but for ourselves. In fact some people from other states who know of her abilities are actually JEALOUS that Los Angeles was able to get someone of Barnett's caliber to run our city shelters! They want her!!  
So we give you two of the many quotes we have gotten over the past four days.
This first one is a quote from Amber Yoo who worked along side Barnette for three years at SHS. We will be sending out more quotes in our future installments.
" I have worked closely with Brenda for three years at Seattle Humane and I can confidently say she is one of the nation’s best leaders in animal welfare. The numbers speak for themselves. She took an aging, overwhelmed shelter that was high kill, killing many of the animals it “rescued”and transformed it into a cutting-edge community center that saved 91.5% of the animals that came through its doors. She did this by inspiring the staff to embrace a no kill philosophy * and by engaging the community in its mission.
Wonderful things happen when you have a leader who inspires staff and engages the community in creative, life-saving solutionsSoon we were able to expand our concern from the animals coming through our doors to the animals in our region. We traveled several times a week to other shelters in the community and rescued animals from death row.
As our life-saving reputation grew, the community called on us to help in emergency situations. In June 2009 we rescued 90 American Eskimo dogs during one of the largest puppy mill busts in the country. Brenda immediately reached out to the volunteer foster network she had established. When the rescue van pulled into the driveway, we literally had a line of foster families waiting to take them home. The foster families provided the one-on-one attention that these scared and neglected dogs needed in order to learn what it was like to be a cherished pet. Today, all 90 dogs are happy, healthy and loved.
The volunteer foster network is one of many examples of how Brenda engaged the community in our mission. As Brenda always says, foster homes “literally expand the shelter walls—allowing us to save even more lives.” For example, only 150 cats could comfortably be housed at our shelter, but thanks to our foster network, we were able to care for upwards of 400 cats at any given time.
Another way Brenda involved the community was by partnering with local rescue groups. In 2008, Brenda’s vision of a community-wide partnership to save lives came to fruition with the first annual “Catapalooza”. Seattle Humane hosted six organizations in a community-wide, family-oriented, fun-filled cat adoption bonanza and in two days found homes for 146 orphaned kitties.
Ultimately, by uniting the community in our mission to save lives, we began to break adoption records.  For the fiscal year of 2008-09, our adoption rate was the second highest in Seattle Humane’s 113-year history. That same year, we also experienced the lowest return rate ever – which means we were making quality, long-term matches. When I left Seattle Humane, this trend was continuing. It seemed like every month, we were breaking an adoption record.
As I said above, wonderful things happen when you have a leader who inspires staff and engages the community toward creative, life-saving solutions. If the community of Los Angeles' goal is to save as many animal lives as possible, then Brenda is the leader who can make that vision a reality.
 * There were only two scenarios where we considered euthanasia: for those animals who were so sick that they could not be saved and for those who were a danger to the community. The decision to end a life was extremely serious—and always saddening."
This next quote is from Lisa Simmons who was the Executive Assistant when Barnette was Executive Director of Pets in Need (1998-2003)
"Brenda Barnette is a true visionary in the animal welfare movement.  As Executive Director of Pets In Need, Brenda implemented a number of programs that today are incorporated in most shelters striving to reduce and end the killing of our companion animals. 
Under her direction, Pets In Need became one of the core shelters in the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, a program training veterinarians and veterinary technicians how to best practice humane, progressive and compassionate shelter medicine. 
She started a program where the shelter could help those community members who were feral cat caregivers wanting to practice TNR.  Cat traps and trapping training was provided at no charge, and a list of low to no cost spay/neuter feral cat clinics was provided. 
She also created the foster kitten program which saves on average 500-600 kittens annually.  Many of these kittens come from feral cats.   Brenda created other successful programs that saved the lives of hundreds of our animals. If you need more information please let me know. Los Angeles is so lucky to have Brenda as their new general manager."