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February 26, 2010

Get Ready for the Genesis Awards (Win Tickets, Too)

Here’s a deal for you. Take one minute to vote for your favorite film or TV dog star—from Astro to Old Yeller, Rin Tin Tin to Toto—before noon EST next Monday, March 1, and you’ll be entered to win two tickets to the Genesis Awards on March 20 and a one-night stay at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Up is among this year's Genesis Awards nominees
Walt Disney Features, Pixar Animation Studios
"Up" is among this year's Genesis nominees.

The Genesis Awards is the Oscars® for the animals—now in its 24th year. Teri Hatcher, Kristen Bell, Jon Lovitz and two dozen other celebrities are slated to recognize and honor artists, writers, and others in the entertainment industry and in the press who incorporate animal protection themes in their creative works, reporting, and opinion-writing.

As you browse this year’s list of 49 nominees—spanning print, TV news, feature films, and narrative television media—I’m sure you’ll see some of your favorites and likely discover some new works, as well. In a breakout year for animal protection-themed documentaries and movies, our nominees include the Academy Award nominated feature film “Up” and documentary film Academy Award nominees “The Cove” and “Food, Inc.” Also nominated are Oprah's O magazine for a special series on animals; TIME magazine for multiple cover stories on endangered species, dogfighting, and factory farming; Larry King Live for covering Alaska’s aerial gunning of wolves; FOX’s Bones for an episode on factory farming; ABC’s Nightline for multiple stories including an investigation of the largest chimpanzee research facility; and Newsweek, for a piece exposing puppy mills.

If you don’t win, you should still think about attending the Genesis Awards. It’s a life-changing event, and it’s one you’ll never forget. You can order tickets here. And for those of you who cannot make it, you can see the edited awards presentation on Animal Planet on April 24-25.

February 25, 2010

Force for Change: Our Factory Farming Campaign

Any sort of meaningful social change is a struggle—a struggle between the old and the new ways of thought and behavior, and even economic activity. Women’s suffrage and the post-war civil rights movement took decades of active campaigning in the United States before transformative progress was had. Along the way, the leaders of these efforts were belittled, and sometimes literally beaten down. Change on this level is never easy, and it is never self-executing.

That’s certainly true when speaking about a fundamental realignment in our treatment of animals. No serious-minded advocate for social reform in this realm could possibly think this sort of change would be easy. Old ways of viewing animals as commodities and objects are stubborn, and so are many of the people who defend the status quo. When we created a factory farming campaign here at The HSUS five years ago, I knew we’d be taking on some of the toughest battles the animal protection movement had ever seen, not only because of the vast number of animals exploited by the factory farming industry, but also because of the enormous financial and political influence of the agribusiness sector as a whole.

Battery caged-hens in Ohio
Mercy For Animals
Battery caged-hens in Ohio.

I’ve often thought of the misery of caged egg-laying hens as emblematic of factory farming—treating the birds, in this case, as production machines. It must be agonizing to live in a space so small you can’t even fully extend your limbs for more than a year before being killed.

I tasked our then-new campaign with the charge of addressing the most severe abuses within the sector, particularly the intensive confinement systems, knowing full well that it would take years to see reform. With 280 million laying hens in the nation—nearly all of whom were in cages so restrictive they couldn’t even spread their wings—change wouldn’t come overnight. But with each seemingly small victory along the way, hundreds, or even thousands of fewer birds would be forced to endure the suffering of almost permanent immobilization.

Fortunately, our campaign is having a major impact, and I can see industry-wide change ahead. Not only have two large egg production states—California and Michigan—passed laws phasing out cage confinement of laying hens, but this past week alone, we’ve seen two major corporate announcements that move us in the right direction.

Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest grocer, announced that all of its private brand of eggs are now cage-free. And Hellmann’s mayonnaise, a company that uses hundreds of millions of eggs annually in North America, announced it has converted all of Hellmann’s Light to cage-free (meaning approximately 125,000 fewer hens in battery cages), and is committed to converting the rest of Hellmann’s mayonnaise to cage-free as well, meaning well more than a million fewer birds will ever know the confines of a battery cage.

While cage-free hens may not be able to go outside, they can walk, spread their wings, and lay their eggs in nests—all behaviors permanently denied to hens crammed into battery cages. And they generally have two to three times more space per bird than caged hens—a significant improvement from the bird’s perspective, for sure.

The thought that such major egg users would be taking these important steps away from cage confinement would have seemed unrealistic at best five years ago. But progress begets progress, as the first of a group of farmers, retailers, and scientists showed us a new way and provided an example for all.

Our factory farming campaign knows it’s time to continue to press ahead with this effort, especially now that the entire European Union has moved so decisively in this direction—with a population base one and a half times as large as ours. We are working with local organizations and advocates in Ohio—the nation’s second largest egg-producing state with a population of nearly 27 million caged laying hens—to follow the lead of other states and phase out some of the most inhumane intensive confinement systems, including battery cages. If you live in the Buckeye state, please sign up to join us at our upcoming campaign kick-off events throughout the state. This sort of change occurs only when good people stand up and get involved.

We will stay on the case, and we hope you’ll stick with us, too. We need your voice and your support more than ever.

February 24, 2010

Spay by Spay, Ending Pet Overpopulation

Yesterday, Spay Day celebrated its sweet sixteen. Legendary animal advocate and movie icon Doris Day founded the annual campaign in 1995 to highlight the importance of saving animal lives by spaying or neutering.

Feb. 23 Spay Day-themed MUTTS comic strip
© 2010 Patrick McDonnell. Posted by special permission of King Features Syndicate
Yesterday's MUTTS™ comic strip by HSUS board member Patrick
McDonnell celebrated Spay Day in newspapers nationwide (full size).

Animal advocates organized more than 600 events nationwide around Spay Day 2010, with local animal shelters, spay/neuter clinics, veterinarians, and others providing spay/neuter services, raising funds for that purpose, and educating the community about the importance of sterilization as a means of reducing euthanasia. Thanks to the Doris Day Animal Foundation, The HSUS distributed grants to 11 statewide referral services across the country to spay or neuter pets whose families could not otherwise afford it. And internationally, there were 80 events hosted in 43 countries. You can see a broader list of events here.

To help advance the cause of spay or neuter on an ongoing basis, be sure to submit a photo to our Spay Day Online Pet Photo Contest—the deadline to enter is this Friday. You then have until March 4 (next Thursday) to gather votes for your pet or to add votes to your favorite contest photos, with all funds raised supporting spay/neuter work and local animal care organizations.

And to have a more direct impact, I have a special Spay Day challenge for you: If you have a friend, family member or neighbor who has an unaltered pet, please encourage them to have their animals spayed or neutered. With between 3-4 million cats, dogs, kittens, and puppies currently put down each year in America, this is still a crisis situation. Our new spay/neuter flyers and PSA can help you spread the message.

Please think about helping to organize a Spay Day event in your community in 2011. Pet overpopulation and the euthanasia that results is a problem we can solve.

February 23, 2010

Follow the Money

Please ask, who paid for that attack ad against The HSUS in today’s New York Times? What is the so-called “Center for Consumer Freedom” and what corporations fund this shadowy organization?

This sort of ad is the stock-in-trade of this corporate front group of a man named Rick Berman, who runs CCF. With tobacco money, he and his staff take off after anti-smoking advocates. With other corporate money, they attack Mothers Against Drunk Driving. And they attack anti-obesity advocates. Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

We at The HSUS feel in good company.

Berman and his funders don’t like The HSUS for one reason: we are the greatest enemy animal abusers have ever had.

The HSUS helps animal shelters in myriad ways—and we happen to run the nation’s largest system of animal sanctuaries. But we also take on puppy mills, dogfighting and cockfighting, seal killing, canned hunts, and factory farms.  And yes, within the ranks of our political opponents, you will surely find the financiers of CCF.

The HSUS was founded to safeguard the interests of all animals—including pets, laboratory animals, wildlife and farm animals. We have been faithful to that mission ever since. We have the support of 11 million Americans in this fight against cruelty. For more information about what we do, visit humanesociety.org.

Yes, The HSUS funds its pension obligations to its loyal staff. Only in the perverse minds of a group like CCF would that be a cause for complaint. The HSUS has the highest rating from charity watchdog groups, such as Charity Navigator and the Better Business Bureau. We were also named by Worth magazine as one of the top 10 most fiscally responsible charities in America.

The ad by the Center for Consumer Freedom says many things. But one thing it doesn’t say is the following: why would a corporate front group take after a venerable organization like The Humane Society of the United States. Here’s the answer: they are bothering us because, by threatening animal abuse, we are threatening their bottom line.

Let’s send CCF a message today: please think about making a donation today to send a message that its petty attack ad will backfire. 

February 22, 2010

Keys to Staying Connected

I get so many inquiries from people who want to know how they can help the cause of animal protection and get more involved in the work of The HSUS. I tell them that the first step is to stay informed and to get the right information flowing to the inbox.

Cat staring at computer mouse

By subscribing to this blog, watching the latest news posted to our website, humanesociety.org, and following us on our Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking pages, you can keep up to date with our work and the most pressing issues facing animals by investing a few minutes each day with these tools.

Our email alerts, too, are critical for keeping informed and active, often providing you with an opportunity to make an urgent phone call or to write an email on the animals’ behalf.

We offer more than a dozen email subscription options, divided by program area. Please take a look at the list below, sign up for those topics that interest you, and encourage your friends and family to do the same. By subscribing, you’ll get the most important, time-sensitive opportunities for engagement delivered right to you. We cover a lot of ground in our work for animals—I know you’ll find it exciting to follow, and heartening too.

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February 19, 2010

Talk Back: Breeding Bad Health

Published on the final day of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, my blog about the BBC documentary “Pedigree Dogs Exposed,” and increasing concerns about the health and welfare consequences of current breeding practices in the world of dog fancying, drew a variety of responses. I heard from those who defended competitive dog breeding and showing and, in larger volume, from readers who were shocked to learn of the prevalence of congenital and hereditary problems in some purebred dogs. While The HSUS supports responsible dog breeding, we're concerned about curbing harmful breeding practices—as are the many long-time dog breeders who we work with. Below is a sample of comments from people on all sides of the issue.

A note: If this issue is of interest to you, you might also enjoy browsing four more perspectives on the topic recently posted on The New York Times’ Room for Debate blog.

So glad to hear about this documentary. It's important that people who watch the Westminster realize what is behind it. It's not all about pampered pooches. —Ann Wall
Another excellent story brought to the forefront! I watched this video and it was heartbreaking to watch these dogs suffering from health issues due to extensive inbreeding. The two breeds that I remember well were the German shepherds and the Cavaliers. The German shepherds’ hind end was drooping from pictures of the earlier Shepherds and it was extremely hard to watch. The Cavaliers’ skulls were not large enough for their brains, causing excruciating pain. This is a documentary that everyone should watch in my opinion. It was a real eye opener in the breeding industry. —Nancy Ball
Cosmetic changes that cost the dogs their health and sometimes their lives are criminal. —Meredith Buist
I spent many years watching Westminster and telling myself that those marvelous canines were more than likely being treated extremely well (although I never liked the snub that purebred events represent for the mongrels of the world!). And I felt like a killjoy when I started telling family and friends about the extreme insensitivity of people who subject animals to whatever it takes (tail docking, etc.) to get the "perfect specimen." ... So I'm very, very happy to see HSUS step up on this one. It will alienate many people and will force many true dog lovers to recognize the cruelty involved in this practice, but it is indeed the right road for HSUS to take in order to give a voice to another group of suffering voiceless. —Jeri
Mr. Pacelle: I cannot tell you how much I admire you and the HSUS for the wonderful work you do on behalf of animals. I am currently in law school with the ambition to become an animal law attorney. It is my hope that one day I will be able to join the many heroic people in this country that fight to protect animals and promote laws to protect their welfare. However, I am disappointed in your article, "Dog Breeding: Behind the Best in Show" for several reasons. Although, I can agree that there are problems within the sport of dog fancying, there are also many positive aspects that should not go undiscussed. I have participated in the sport of dog fancying for many years. Although, I did not actively breed, I did show, train, and care for all my dogs that I purchased from legendary breeders. My experience with dog showing has taught me so many valuable lessons that I carry with me to this day. The breeders and participants I grew up around put the health of their animals at the very top of their priority list. … I never came into contact with one breeder that did not abide by our strict policy of health and genetic soundness. All the dogs I had purchased from breeders came with contracts that protected the dogs and the breeders kept in touch with me regularly via phone calls and emails. I have researched many, many pedigrees and never found an instance in our breed of inbreeding. This may not be the case with every breed or breeder, but we must not classify all breeders and breeds as one and alike. There were instances of line breeding (taking a nephew to an aunt for example). This method of breeding preserves valued characteristics and qualities without the adverse effects that can result from inbreeding, such as health defects. However, line breeding is not found in every pedigree. … It is a tragedy that some breeders are irresponsible and over-breed or breed unhealthy dogs. This is a very poor reflection on the sport of dog fancying. However, it is not the epitome of dog fancying and it is not what dog fancying is about. —Eryn Pearson

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February 18, 2010

For Now, Cruel Fox Penning Prohibited in Florida

A proper definition of staged animal fighting would logically include the barbaric practice of fox penning.

Foxes and coyotes are trapped in the wild, packed into a truck with other injured animals, and shipped, often hundreds of miles, in cramped cages and typically denied food or water. When the animals reach their final destination, they are released into a fenced enclosure, sometimes with debilitating injuries. Dogs are set loose and then they chase down the captive animals and sometimes tear them apart.

Caged fox
Georgia DNR

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) took a major step forward yesterday toward stopping coyote and fox pens in that state, instituting a provisional ban through June and working on a draft rule package concerning such facilities. We’ll continue to press the case for the abolition of fox penning in Florida, and we’re tackling the practice in a number of other states, particularly in the South.

The Florida decision followed months of reports from neighbors who witnessed dogs ripping apart coyotes in a nearby pen. In late 2009, the FWC arrested 12 people for illegally buying and possessing foxes and coyotes to stock pens. Following the arrests, the FWC issued an executive order, putting a moratorium on issuing permits for chasing foxes or coyotes in enclosures.

Yesterday, commissioners heard from citizens who opposed the blood sport. One child stepped forward and explained his devotion to hunting, but said fox pens were something he would never come to accept. One man drove more than 300 miles just to tell the commission that he was a Florida citizen and would not tolerate cruel fox pens.

In the fall of 2007, a multi-state sting of fox and coyote pens involving both federal and state authorities uncovered the interstate smuggling of wildlife for sale to these pens. In Alabama, 18 individuals were arrested for activities related to penning and the live animal market. Authorities brought charges against fox pen operators and trappers in half a dozen other states.

FWC Chairman Rodney Barreto said in a statement that he leaned toward an outright ban of the practice but also felt the process should be given a chance for review.

"I'm not sure I'll support the draft rules when they come back," Barreto said. "I don't see any sport in the animals' having no escape. I personally don't agree with the practice."

The HSUS is grateful to the FWC for enacting the ban on fox and coyote penning. But the ban is still considered temporary as they consider possible regulations.

The FWC could make the ban permanent—and we encourage them to do just that.

February 17, 2010

The HSUS Helps Raid Major Suspected Cockfighting Ring

Yesterday, The HSUS assisted the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in a major raid of a suspected cockfighting operation in Yucaipa, Calif. Led by Eric Sakach, our senior law enforcement specialist, The HSUS had several members of its team on hand for the operation. John Goodwin, our manager for Animal Fighting Issues, was also there and I've asked him to give us a first-hand account.

Working on information The HSUS provided, deputies acted to dismantle an alleged cockfighting operation being run by Mike and Bertha Mitchell under the moniker of Dandy Game Fowl.

Several months earlier, Mr. Mitchell gave an extensive interview in the Mexican cockfighting magazine Pie de Cria, in which he boasted of breeding and selling roosters to cockfighting rings in Mexico.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department
One of 600 birds at the Yucaipa, Calif. raid.

If Mitchell’s statements to Pie de Cria are true, then he may have violated not only California law, but also the federal statute (drafted by and lobbied into law by The HSUS) that makes the foreign export of fighting animals a felony.

Arriving at the property, we found hundreds of roosters, either tethered to plastic barrel housing or inside solitary cages (you can see a video report from the raid here). Documenting the impounded birds, our team tagged each rooster with a numbered leg band and snapped their photo.

The roosters are always nervous when we approach them. They raise a ruckus, squawking and flapping their wings wildly, vainly trying to escape their tethers or confines. But their panic is short-lived. Approaching each bird, I talk in a low, reassuring voice. Their responsiveness to this small bit of kindness is unmistakable. Although some remain a bit skittish, most settle down and even shut their eyes and quietly coo as they settle into my arms, realizing they are in gentle hands.

This is always my favorite part of a cockfighting raid, as it gives me an opportunity to pick up each bird, look him in the eye, and learn his or her individual personality. It’s a reminder of why we do this sort of work every day. Each of the more than 600 birds we saved from the fate of dying in a cockfighting pit gave me that many more reasons to stay motivated to bring these people to justice.

At the day’s end, we had impounded more than 400 roosters and approximately 200 hens. Ample paraphernalia consistent with a cockfighting operation was discovered. And two individuals believed to be major players in the cockfighting underworld had been sent a wake-up call.

Most importantly, a clear message has been sent to any cockfighters who still cling to their barbaric, archaic pastime of animal cruelty: Exporting birds to Mexico or any other nation is a non-starter and it is a crime.

February 16, 2010

Dog Breeding: Behind the Best in Show

Tonight, at the 134th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, judges will crown the canine who is “Best in Show.” At one level, dog lovers cannot help but enjoy this pageant featuring these finely coiffed and well trained dogs, who have been groomed in more ways than one for the biggest public performance of their lives. It is quite a spectacle, and highly entertaining, and the marquee event of the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the world of dog fancying.

If that were all the show were about, then not another word need be said. We could all enjoy the event as an expression of the human-animal bond, even if it seems a bit excessive at some level. Sadly, though, there is a back story to this show, and more specifically, to the sport of professional dog fancying that is raising serious questions by scientists and others about the health and welfare of dogs.

A suffering Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in the BBC documentary Pedigree Dogs Exposed
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A suffering Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in "Pedigree Dogs Exposed."

After the BBC broadcast in August 2008 of “Pedigree Dogs Exposed,” the BBC decided it would no longer broadcast the British equivalent of Westminster, which is called Crufts. “Pedigree Dogs Exposed” was a controversial but powerful indictment of the world of competitive breeding and showing, revealing that a segment of breeders of purebred dogs, or pedigree dogs as they are known in Britain, had ignored the adverse effects of inbreeding in order to achieve a very deliberate conformation in some breeds. 

These problems are the result of a remarkable degree of inbreeding, with brother and sister or father and daughter being conscripted to breed to achieve the perfect look and to match the standard of the registry. It would be unthinkable to countenance such incest in the human community, partly because of the inherited traits that would result. “We have allowed some breeds to become too heavy, some too short-faced, some too heavy coated, some others short legged, others too short-lived…all in the pursuit of cosmetic points, not sound anatomical points,” commented dog historian David Hancock in the BBC broadcast.

Facts are difficult things to ignore, and the congenital and hereditary problems in purebred dogs are one of the biggest concerns in the entire arena of dog welfare in the United States. Dogs are dying too young, and they are plagued with health impairments that diminish their quality of life. German shepherds have hip dysplasia which cripples the animals early in their lives. Greyhounds, typically killed if they do not race well or chase animals, seemed the model of strength and fitness. But as they get older, they develop serious cancers. West Highland White Terriers are plagued by skin problems and allergies. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have an inherited heart disease and a skull malformation called Syringomyelia that causes intense pain and results in major locomotion problems.

“When I watch Crufts, what I see is a parade of mutants,” Dr. Mark Evans, the top veterinarian with the RSPCA, the U.K.’s largest animal welfare group, told the BBC. “It is some freakish, garish beauty pageant that has nothing frankly to do with health and welfare.  The show world is about an obsession about beauty and there is a ridiculous concept that this is how we should judge dogs.”

A comprehensive scientific report by Dr. Patrick Bateson of Cambridge University, funded by two U.K.-based charities, the Dogs Trust and the Kennel Club, concluded that “current dog breeding practices do in many cases impose welfare costs on individual dogs from a variety of causes….”  It is time for the issue to get the same level of scrutiny in the United States and for the AKC and other breed registries to confront these problems head on.

February 12, 2010

Talk Back: CCF, Farm Animal Welfare

Many thanks to readers for the expressions of support and outpouring of donations to The HSUS in response to my blog exposing the misnamed “Center for Consumer Freedom.” This front group for cockfighters, puppy millers, sealers, and other animal abusers is fixated on The HSUS for one reason: we’re the best at fighting large-scale, institutionalized forms of animal cruelty. We’re getting closer to our financial goal of $200,000—$100,000 to help our animal care centers, and $100,000 for anti-factory farming campaigns—so dig deep so we can show all of these groups that when they attack us, we’ll just raise more funds to do more of the work they are trying to suppress.

CCF represents the worst of what man can be, quickly diving in to "defend" all manner of harm to animals. Their principal characteristic is conceit; their principal weapon is deceit. The public should be aware of what CCF works to accomplish, and likewise take effort to expose what they are about. Recently, our local paper, representing an important and affluent urban/suburban area, printed a lengthy letter written by a CCF spokesperson, which attacked animal welfare advocates as those who would deny the American public "freedom." The newspaper editors clearly did not understand who or what CCF was acting as a broker for. —Peter Hood
I have donated after thorough research of HSUS—they represent the best interest of animals and are a threat to those like Rick Berman who use inaccurate information to make money for himself and those that pay him. —Bonnie Hughes
Give ‘em hell Wayne!!! It’s past time for the individuals who oppose the humane treatment of animals to be exposed! We need to strip away their corporate camouflage and publicize their actions which directly contribute to animal cruelty. The public needs to know the names of the evil people doing the evil deeds!!! Here are the names of a couple of more groups to watch: Pet-Law.com and North Carolina Responsible Animal Owners Alliance. These groups are operated by individuals with financial and political conflicts of interest. They oppose all efforts and legislation to help animals. We are glad to see HSUS is going on the offensive against the lies, false information, and attacks by these individuals who promote animal cruelty to make money!!! —Peter MacQueen III
HA! This is such a great post—especially the ending! CCF is the worst of the worst, and animal protection and environmental advocates need to understand that CCF will continue to try and undermine any organization that is making progress in making the world a better place to live in, as HSUS has always done. I will definitely donate what I can. —Trish
This is a terrific response. I'm in for a contribution and encourage others to buy in too. —Marc

Meanwhile, you expressed enthusiasm for the launch of the ballot initiative in Ohio to gather signatures for an initiative to promote more humane farming practices.

I love my home state of Ohio, which is why I so strongly support the actions taken by the HSUS. Thank you so much for the great work that you do. —Sam Morris
My heart breaks for these animals. Thinking about such abuse is so overwhelming. It's so difficult to read these stories, and I simply cannot watch the videos. We are living amongst these people who have no problem with performing or allowing these acts. They should be crimes. The judge ruled that Ohio had no standards forbidding strangulation and hanging of farm animals? And then Pork Producers declared victory? —Jenn
What a sad statement about humanity, that we need a law that tells people not to hang and strangle animals. This sort of thing disgusts me more than I can say. Thank you for working so hard and so diligently to help these poor creatures who, through no fault of their own, wind up in the hands of such barbarians. —Teresa Melnick
I remember watching this same undercover video. It was very disturbing to watch and I too had to look away. How can any human being treat animals so horribly and look at themselves in the mirror? I specifically recall watching one of the sons with baby pigs, who were either too small or had something he didn't like, slamming them into a pole and tossing their bodies into a barrel. I was outraged to watch the court proceedings. This group of "farmers" thought they won a victory? If this is some type of victory, I want no part of it! Thank you for pushing this legislation to change the thinking of everyone involved with raising animals. Keep up the fantastic work! I am Canadian and cannot vote but will do what I can to post the link and encourage voters to speak up for those who can't. —Nancy Ball

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