ALDF Urges Federal Government to End Research on Captive Chimpanzees: Video, Release of Chimps After Being Experimented On For 30 Years

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The United States and the small African nation of Gabon are the only two countries in the world that continue to use chimpanzees as test subjects in behavioural and biomedical research Such testing has brought little in the way of scientific breakthrough, but has, instead, inflicted a host of horrors on our closest genetic relatives. 

Tragically, many chimpanzees have served as research specimens for decades without relief, often confined to small cages with no access to other members of their species or the outdoorsconditions tantamount to physical, emotional, and psychological torture.  It is widely acknowledged that such terrible conditions irreparably harm these highly intelligent and social creatures.

Late in 2010, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) forecasted that a change in policy might be on the horizon.  After decades of scrutiny and pressure from animal rights groups, the general public and, increasingly, the international community, the NIH requisitioned a study from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to examine the use of chimpanzees in NIH-funded behavioural and biomedical research. 

That report, issued one year later in December 2011, concluded that “most current biomedical use of chimpanzees is unnecessary” and suggested that future research on chimpanzees be limited and guided by the following three principles:

(1) the research must be necessary to advance public health;
(2) there is no other suitable research model available; and
(3) the chimpanzee research subjects be maintained in an ethological environment focused on meeting both their social and physical needs.

Following the IOM study, a Working Group was tasked with reviewing the IOM proposals and advising on their implementation.  The Working Group issued a report on January 22, 2013, which offered twenty-eight recommendations.  The NIH published this report as part of a “Request for Information through which it sought public comment on the recommendations.

ALDF, together with pro bono legal counsel from the law firm of Proskauer Rose, once again welcomed the chance to defend captive chimpanzees from the agonies of behavioural and biomedical research.

Although long overdue, the Working Group’s recommendations are an important step forward in the fight for chimpanzee rights.  Importantly, the report recommended that “[t]he majority of NIH-owned chimpanzees should be designated for retirement and transferred to the federal sanctuary system.” 

The report also proposed dramatic improvements in the housing of research chimpanzees—by requiring them to cohabit in social groups of at least seven individuals and improving the size and layout of their living space, as well as requiring access to the outdoors and veterinary care.  These changes to policy, if implemented, would help to alleviate the suffering of chimpanzees used in research.

But they do not go far enough.

To demonstrate that NIH policy is out-of-step with international standards and still lags behind the rest of the world in its treatment of chimpanzees, our comments included a survey of the laws of Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, which, particularly in recent years, have banned or otherwise restricted chimpanzee-based research.

Our comments also urged the NIH to embrace public opinion, as polls have shown that a majority of Americans favour banning the practice of experimenting on chimpanzees.  Moreover, we exhorted the NIH to follow the lead of other federal government agencies taking steps to provide greater protections for captive chimpanzees.  In particular, we highlighted the recent petition to the Fish & Wildlife Service to classify captive chimpanzees, like their wild counterparts, as endangered species under the Endangered Species Act.

Accordingly, our comments insisted that the NIH go beyond the Working Group recommendations and implement a ban on all future chimpanzee testing in any NIH-funded researchWith such a ban, not only would there be no need to retain at government expense the proposed colony of fifty research-ready chimpanzees, but such resources could be better invested in developing non-animal research modelsIndeed, it is our long-term goal that the NIH will forego the recommendation to explore alternative animal research models (such as genetically altered mice), and instead adopt more humane, ethical, and reliable research protocols.

Given recent trends, the NIH should seize this seminal moment in history and stop the suffering of research chimpanzees once and for all.  As the Working Group report conceded, “in light of evidence suggesting that research involving chimpanzees has rarely accelerated new discoveries or the advancement of human health for infectious diseases,” it is not logical, ethical, or humane to squander precious government funds to exacerbate the plight of our fellow primates.

News Link:http://aldf.org/article.php?id=2384

“The following made me cry, we have no right to lock up the innocent & perform horrific experiments on them. Why don’t we put all the rapist’s, murderers & child abusers to good use, instead of giving them a warm place to sleep, food, recreation, etc. all that we pay for…experiment on them instead, then at least we would know the drugs being tested, might actually work on humans!!”

Release of chimpanzees, 30 years after undergoing experiments

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Federal Courts Dismiss Activists’ ‘ALDF’ Anti-Foie Gras Suit

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“How can anyone think, shoving a gavage (pipe or tube) down the esophagus, of geese or ducks then force feeding them with, typically, corn boiled with fat (to facilitate ingestion) so the birds liver becomes over enlarged; so it can then be eaten as a delicacy… is totally beyond me! Of course it’s bloody cruel & barbaric, no other animal that I can think of is force fed via a tube to make any part of their body fatter for human consumption. Yes animals are given extra grain & even growth hormones but they are not force fed it via a bloody pipe…it’s savage & uncalled for; we kill enough animals to meet the demand for meat or other animal body parts! Do we really have to  force feed a bird in constant chronic pain from the tube…just for a delicacy?? What will they come up with next, pickled eyeballs, coated in vinegar daily, to get that perfect crunch?? One could say, this is almost as bad as bear bile being taken from a bear!!

Goose being force-fed so humans can dine on their enlarged livers!!

“Look at the disgusting filthy gavage (pipe) & other equipment; there is no wonder so many birds die of disease. While force feeding is required to meet the French legal definition of “foie gras”, producers outside France do not always force feed birds in order to produce fattened livers that they consider to be foie gras, instead allowing them to eat freely, termed ad libitum. Interest in alternative production methods has grown recently due to ethical concerns in gavage-based foie gras production. Such livers are alternatively termed fatty goose liver, ethical foie gras, or humane foie gras.” Source-Wikipedia

“During feeding, efforts are made to avoid damaging the bird’s esophagus, which could cause injury or death, although researchers have found evidence of inflammation of the walls of the proventriculus after the first session of force-feeding. There is also indication of inflammation of the esophagus in the later stages of fattening. Several studies have also demonstrated that mortality rates can be significantly elevated during the gavage period.”Source Wikipedia

The Animal Legal Defense Fund tried to sue the government to declare force-fed foie gras illegal, and federal courts shut it downInside Scoop SF reports that a lawsuit between the ALDF and the U.S. Department of Agriculture was dismissed on Friday. “Please click on the links to read more!”

The ALDF (the same anti-foie group that sued Napa restaurant La Toque) had argued that foie gras is “a diseased product unfit for human consumption,” and asked the court to step in and order the USDA to “remove foie gras from the American food supply.”

In the ruling (warning: PDF), U.S. District Judge Otis Wright explains his decision to dismiss the case:Plaintiffs‘ voluminous submission of technical papers and data supports the Court’s view that Plaintiffs are challenging a scientific conclusion and not a legal one … this is an issue falling squarely under the USDA’s discretion by law.”

Although selling and producing foie gras is still illegal in California, the ALDF is not entitled to judicial review on this case so, for now, the rest of the country can rest easily knowing their foie is safe. “For those who partake in this delicacy…I hope it fxxxxg chokes you!”

· Court dismisses USDA foie gras lawsuit [Inside Scoop SF]
· All Foie Gras Coverage on Eater [-E-]

News Link:http://eater.com/archives/2013/03/27/antifoie-gras-case-dismissed.php

Woman Faces Animal Cruelty Charges For Second Time In Less Than A Year

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“WTF…pitiful excuses by this selfish bxxxh! I sometimes wonder what these Judges are thinking about, when all the evidence proves someone guilty…yet they let them get off! I have more to say with each paragraph below; as one needs to know the full story…so read on!”

HAMILTON, Ohio — A 19-year-old woman faces animal cruelty charges for the second time in less than a year, involving the same dog, after her pit bull was found nearly starved to death this week.

Elizabeth Lewis, 19, of Hamilton, faces animal cruelty charges for the second time after her pit bull was found nearly starved to death this week. (Photo: Gannett/Jennifer Edwards Baker, The Cincinnati Enquirer)

Elizabeth Lewis, 19, of Hamilton, faces animal cruelty charges for the second time after her pit bull was found nearly starved to death this week. (Photo: Gannett/Jennifer Edwards Baker, The Cincinnati Enquirer)

But Elizabeth Lewis insists her pit bull was sick with mange and denies starving Bruiser nearly to death. “I see no vet report to say the dog was sick with mange…only pathetic excuses for letting this dog starve to death!”

Butler County Deputy Dog Warden Tonya Hanson ordered the owner, Elizabeth Lewis of Hamilton, to take Bruiser to an emergency vet clinic so he could be put to sleep and no longer suffer, according to a statement from Animal Friends Humane Society.

Hamilton police went to Lewis‘ apartment Monday after receiving a report that an emaciated dog had fallen down the stairs. They alerted the dog warden, who said she was horrified.

“I’ve been doing animal cruelty cases for 15 years and it is the most emaciated dog I’ve ever seen,” Hanson said.

Hanson said when she questioned Lewis about why she let the 10-month-old dog deteriorate so far, “her response was she knew it was being selfish … and that was all she said.” “Selfish…to right bloody selfish, I bet she sat stuffing her face while the poor dog got nothing, not even tit bits..that’s not just selfish, it’s bloody cruel!”

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Warden ordered the emaciated dog put down
  • First charged in August concerning same dog
  • Woman says she couldn’t afford to have sick animal euthanized

Previous charges in August

Lewis was charged Tuesday with cruelty to a companion animal and failure to license a dog, both misdemeanors. She is scheduled to appear March 6 in Hamilton Municipal Court.

The vet clinic that euthanized Bruiser told the warden the dog’s body temperature was so low when he arrived, it didn’t register on a thermometer and he had been starved, according to the humane society. “Starved…that means not feeding on purpose!”

This is not the first time Lewis has been charged with animal cruelty. In August, the same dog was brought to the humane society by the dog warden. At that time, Bruiser was “extremely lethargic and malnourished, weighing in at 17 pounds,” according to the society. “Seriously, is the Judge going to give her another “get out of jail free card”

Since Hamilton Municipal Court Judge Daniel Gattermeyer found Lewis not guilty, the dog was returned to her care. When Bruiser left the dog pound on Oct. 5, he weighed 38 pounds, the humane society said. “This proves the dog had a healthy appetite, there can be no excuse for the dog getting thin again; apart from not being fed!”

A pitbull’s average adult weight typically ranges between 35 and 65 pounds, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

This time, Hanson said she plans to ask the judge to ban Lewis from owning more animals. “I don’t want to give her another chance to mistreat another animal,” Hanson said. “Good, at least somebody cares!”

Hanson referred questions on the August case and why the animal was returned to Lewis to the judge. Gattermeyer said he couldn’t really comment since there was another, similar case now in front of him involving Lewis. YES there is, because this Judge didn’t do the job properly the first time round, if he had; the dog might still be alive today!!”

“If something happened in the prior case that becomes evidence in this one, it wouldn’t be appropriate and legally ethical for me to comment on it,” Gattermeyer said. “It’s very difficult to comment in any way, but if a person is found not guilty, well, that would be the reason why the dog was returned. But it is sad a dog has died, any time a dog dies.” “Yes it’s very sad, & it could have been avoided had he done his job properly & had the dog taken of this bitch…too late to be sorry about it now!”

Case a misunderstanding, woman says

Lewis, who is 10 weeks pregnant, said the whole situation is a big misunderstanding. “Well it would be wouldn’t it…19 & pregnant, she couldn’t care for a dog but now she’s having a baby!”

She said Bruiser suffered from hereditary mange, a skin disease caused by tiny mites, common external parasites found in dogs. ” WAS this found by a vet then? or is she a qualified vet??” Bruiser also didn’t seem to want to eat at times, so she gave him anti-stress calming tablets.

She said she got Bruiser and a second dog, Buster, from a litter that her brother’s dog had last year and has tried her best to care for them while earning $800 a month working at a convenience store and now a warehouse. “Well if you don’t have the money to care for yourself, you don’t get 2 dogs to care for…how stupid!”

Buster is now at the humane society. They took him in light of the second cruelty charge, Lewis said. “Thank God for that!”

She said the August citation resulted from a misunderstanding between her and her former room mate, who mistakenly thought Lewis had abandoned Bruiser so she took him to the police, who called the humane society. “Sorry…I thought when you had a room mate you told them most things, especially about the pets you own!”

Lewis said the society had the dog checked out by a vet, who couldn’t prove the animal cruelty charge, so the judge found her not guilty. “Interesting to note that the vet didn’t mention or say the dog was suffering from hereditary mange, & a skin disease caused by tiny mites!”

“I feel like they are making it out like I am crazy because I have one dog who was sick,” Lewis said. “You can ask all my friends. He ate dog food and treats. I am 19 and I am pregnant. I have a feeling people are going to look at it like ‘if this is what she does with her dog, what is she going to do with her baby?‘” “WOW…took the words right out of my mouth…but hang on, further up in this story, she said ” he didn’t seem to want to eat at times”, yet in this paragraph she says “he ate dog food & treats”?? which is it???”

She admits she knew Bruiser needed to be euthanized, but said she couldn’t afford the $200 cost, which she wound up paying anyway this week at the dog warden’s order. “I’m sure if you took a dog who needed to be euthanized, to a vets, they would do it, without asking for money, they have a moral code to put the care of animals first…i.e. before money!”

Lewis said she had been trying to arrange for a relative to take the dog. Now she is afraid she will be found guilty of the current animal cruelty charge and sentenced to 180 days in jail and/or fined $1,000. “Sorry I have no sympathy what’s so ever!”

“I should have gotten him put down. I am not going to sit here and deny it,” she said. “I didn’t know what to do, but he’s gotten skinny before and then pulled back up.” Oh, please, didn’t know what to do? what a feeble & pathetic excuse!”

News Link:-http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/01/dog-abuse-death/1957677/

Indiana Judge Won’t Order DNA Sample From Man Accused Of Bestiality

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“This man is a deranged psycho; who for the protection of all should be behind bars! Yet a Judge denies new evidence via DNA?? WHY…will it include more work for this case & interfere with the judges weekend?? WTF…just who the hell are we trying to protect here? This monster deserves no rights, let alone being able to deny a search warrant…some of the laws we have are just pathetic & let bastards like this get away with murder!!”

CROWN POINT, Ind. — Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell denied a request by the state for a DNA sample of a Lowell, Ind., man charged with theft, bestiality, killing a domestic animal and torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal.

Boswell told deputy prosecutor Mark Watson that he must obtain a search warrant to get a new DNA sample, called a buccal swab, from Michael Charles Bessigano, 42.

MONSTER Michael Charles Bessigano

Defense attorney Casey McCloskey said if the defendant objects to providing the DNA sample, a search warrant is required based on case law.”Object? WTF…he shouldn’t have such rights after what he has done…are we protecting animals or those that abuse them??

In the four Lake Superior Court felony division courtrooms, DNA sample requests are routinely granted without a search warrant being issued.

Watson said prosecutors already have a DNA sample from one of Bessigano’s prior cases dating back four or five years. Watson told the judge that if the case goes to trial, jurors might wonder what Bessigano did in the previous case, and he was unsure of the condition of the DNA sample and its packaging from the prior case.

The judge gave Watson the opportunity to file a brief citing case law on the issue.

Boswell agreed to order evaluations by two mental health professionals to determine if Bessigano is competent to stand trial.

He was charged earlier this month after authorities in November discovered a Guinea hen that had been sexually assaulted and killed at Buckley Homestead County Park. Several animals have been missing from the park since July.

News Link:-http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/19131335-418/indiana-judge-wont-order-dna-sample-from-man-accused-of-bestiality.html

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Graphic Images: Unbelievable Abuse To Pregnant Pitbull, Set On Fire

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“WTF…seriously what sort of psycho can do this to a dog; yet live amongst normal people & go undetected?? Somebody know’s the evil MF that did this, look at her face, she is pregnant for Christ’s sake…about to give birth!! Some neighbour knows this dog & who she belongs to…please if you have any kindness in your soul, tell the police; I’m sure you can do it anonymously with no fear of reprisal from the bastard that did this!”

“The monster that did this needs to be caught, if he can do this to a dog, what else is he capable of…those that know who he is, do you want it on your conscience if he does it again or hurts a child?? I hope the evil piece of shit that did it, is haunted whenever he closes his eyes, with the vision of one he loves aflame, burning, screaming in pain, shouting for his help…but he can do nothing…only watch while his worst nightmare unfolds each & every night…until the images send him crazy & he ends up in an asylum for the mentally insane! It’s nothing less than the sadistic bastard deserves! Better still, he could bar-be-cue himself; I would be happy with that!!”

“Please, can I ask that everyone say a pray for this poor sweetheart… lets hope that Petunia (her new name) recovers soon & has a beautiful litter of babies; all who finding loving homes. I especially hope & pray, Petunia also finds a new forever home where she will receive all the love she can handle! God bless her xx”

There is always so much controversy surrounding Pitbull Terriers!

So many people may not like them, but do they really have to set a dog on fire to prove their dislike?

Pregnant & set On Fire

It’s absolutely sickening; especially awful when the Pitbull is a pregnant female!

Not only was the dog set on fire, but afterward was hit by a car.

This maddening sense of abuse happened right in the south Chicago suburbs on Tuesday. That was when “It’s a Pittie” (IAP) Pitbull Rescue in Monee, Illinois were called in. Before IAP was contacted, another animal shelter had her. She required immediate medical assistance so IAP had to wait 24 hours for the dog’s release.

The poor mother-to-be had burns over 25% of her body. Due to the car accidentPetunia, as the dog is being referred to, also has internal injuries.

Pregnant Pit Bull Set On Fire

Pregnant Pit Bull Set On Fire

Why someone would have the audacity to do this in the first place is awful, but considering that the female dog’s milk has come in, it is extremely horrifying because she is likely to give birth in just about a week.

The person that carried forth the abuse will most likely never be discovered. This is very unfortunate indeed! No animal or human deserves treatment like Petunia received.

Culprits like whoever committed the abuse on Petunia make sure that they remain free from indictment. They do so by removing any identification that the dog may wear and fail to have them microchipped because to the abuser, the dog is ‘dispensable!’

No mother is ever dispensable but Petunia may be too weak to care for her coming litter which is yet another concern. She is receiving hydro-therapy treatments but needs constant care so that her burnt flesh does not get infected as that could prove life threatening.

So what if you do not like Pitbulls? Is that any reason whatsoever for someone to hurt them to this degree?

Shelters and rescues are filled with them. Perhaps the shelters and rescues should take in the individuals that abuse the dogs and cause them such utter pain; locking them away from harming yet another defenceless animal. It is because of those individuals that Pitbulls act the way that they do. “Yes, totally agree with locking the MF’s up & causing them intense pain!”

We need better laws. Not just laws that stipulate that Pitbulls are not allowed to live in certain areas, but laws that protect Pitbulls and other animals that are on the “hit list” from being treated with such utter disdain. Maybe if we began with the root cause, the dogs themselves would not have such a pathetic reputation and be treated to mortifyingly.

It really and truly is hard to believe that this poor dog has to go through all of this.

Dog lovers everywhere apologize for those that should know better but obviously do not!

News Link:-http://www.examiner.com/article/unbelievable-abuse-to-pregnant-pitbull?cid=rss

It’s a Pittie Rescue:-http://rescueapittie.org/

Tell USDA To Do Its Job And Help Elephant Nosey: Please Sign

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The USDA has yet again let a chronic violator of federal animal welfare standards get away with little more than a slap on the wrist.

PLEASE  Help save NOSEY A Very lonely Elephant Who Deserves Freedom

Just days before Hugo Liebel was set to face a hearing on March 26, 2013 for 33 violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), the USDA announced it had reached a settlement. Instead of revoking Liebel’s license and handing down a maximum penalty of $330,000, the USDA settled with the agreement that Liebel would pay a meagre civil penalty of $7,500 and cease and desist from violating the AWA.

This settlement is a shocking disappointment and a pathetic excuse for government oversight.

For decades, Liebel has blatantly ignored his legal responsibilities and the well being of the elephant Nosey, and other animals he uses for circus shows. The 33 charges described years of mistreatment including failure to provide veterinary care for the weight loss and chronic skin condition of Nosey, chaining her so tightly that she could not move or lie down, and handling her in a way that was dangerous to her and to the public. The charges also included an incident involving a critically endangered spider monkey who escaped and was not recaptured for 10 days.

With your help, IDA has monitored Liebel for years, documenting numerous, flagrant violations of the AWA as he dragged Nosey and other animals around the country to give rides and perform.

IDA submitted multiple complaints with supporting evidence to the USDA, urging the agency to take action to protect Nosey and the public. When the USDA finally filed charges against Liebel in 2011, IDA hoped the agency was finally taking meaningful action to help Nosey. But yet again, the USDA squandered this opportunity to hold Liebel accountable for ignoring the law.

As long as Nosey remains with Liebel, her suffering will continue.

Use the form below to fax Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, who is responsible for ensuring that the agency enforce AWA regulations.

Tell Sec. Vilsack that you are outraged by the USDA’s settlement with Hugo Liebel. Remind Sec. Vilsack that with this settlement, Nosey’s suffering will continue as long as she remains with Liebel. Urge Sec. Vilsack to order the USDA to confiscate Nosey. Then call him, also!

Please visit the following & send the fax:https://secure2.convio.net/ida/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=2367&JServSessionIdr004=gaqslixzp1.app245b

NOSEY THE ELEPHANT

Published on 2 Oct 2012 – Wendy Michaels

1:14 little movie about NOSEY. On behalf of Nosey let USDA know how you feel:
JUDGE JANICE BULLARD 1-202-720-4443. 1-202-720-9776 (fax)
USDA atty COLLEEN CARROLL colleen.carroll@usda.gov

Man Faces Animal Abuse Charge After Pit Bull Is Beaten So Badly It Had To Be Euthanized

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“This poor fxxxxxg dog…what the hell did it do to deserve being beaten so badly it needed to be euthanized? I know what I would do with the piece sxxt…but I will remain a lady! I just hope justice is served & this cold heartless bastard gets what’s coming to him…I also hope he is ravaged nightly by evil dog demons that make him afraid to sleep…nothing less than he deserves!!”

A 37-year-old Columbia man suspected to have used a wooden board to beat a pit bull into a comatose state was arrested Friday on a felony charge of animal abuse.

The dog was euthanized as a result of its injuries, according to court documents

Two witnesses told a Columbia/Boone County Animal Control agent that William D.

William Smith

Smith beat the dog with a wooden 2-by-2 board March 8 at his home in Colonial Village Trailer Court, 2904 Range Line St., No. 76. The dog was found comatose in a puddle of blood and lung fluids when Animal Control officials arrived, according to court documents.

“The dog was gurgling and moaning in pain,” Molly Aust, Animal Control supervisor, wrote in the document.

Animal Control officials today could not confirm the dog’s age or who owned the dog, nor could they verify a motive for the incident. Smith does not have a previous history with Animal Control.

The dog’s head was distorted from swelling and abrasions that appeared to be a result of the beating, according to court documents.

“A flower pot with a considerable amount of blood was also present,” Aust wrote.

The board and flower pot were collected as evidence, and the dog was removed from the scene and euthanized.

An autopsy revealed injuries to the dog’s head, face, left forelimb and right hind limb. Other injuries included puncture wounds, a crushed frontal bone with a frontal lobe contusion and haemorrhaging.

A warrant for Smith’s arrest was issued Friday on suspicion of felony animal abuse, and Columbia police arrested him later that day.

The charge specifically alleges “torture and/or mutilation while animal was alive.” Smith remained in the Boone County Jail today with a $25,000 cash-only bond.

News Link:http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/crime/man-faces-animal-abuse-charge-after-pit-bull-is-beaten/article_ba489f2c-9576-11e2-a6d6-10604b9f6eda.html

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