News Update: Inslee Directs Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to Mend Its Ways on Wolf Killing

Wolves on the open range

Inslee takes action after the state issues kill orders on a set of wolf packs who came into conflict with ranchers on public lands

Governor Inslee has done the right thing in directing the Department of Fish and Wildlife to step up its non-lethal wolf management strategies and slow down its wolf killing.”

— Wayne Pacelle, president of the Center for a Humane Economy

OLYMPIA , WASHINGTON, USA, October 1, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Center for a Humane Economy and Animal Wellness Action applauded Washington Governor Jay Inslee for writing to the Director of Fish and Wildlife and directing him “to significantly reduce the need for lethal removal” of endangered wolves in the state.

“Governor Inslee has done the right thing in directing the Department of Fish and Wildlife to step up its non-lethal wolf management strategies and slow down its wolf killing,” said Wayne Pacelle, president of the Center for a Humane Economy. “Killing off wolves and packs one by one has been the wrong strategy for the state in managing occasional wolf-human conflicts.”

In recent weeks, the Center for a Humane Economy and Animal Wellness Action took a series of print and digital advertisements to encourage Inslee’s intervention. The groups also supported a legal action that produced a temporary injunction on killing of members of the Old Profanity Territory pack. Regrettably, state officials killed off all members of the pack just hours or perhaps minutes before the judicial proceeding.

Since the conclusions of the court proceeding, many Washingtonians have expressed concerns about the state’s last-minute onslaught against the wolves and its subsequent orders to kill wolves from other packs.
“The Department of Fish and Wildlife has proved to be a most effective contract killer of endangered animals for private ranching operation,” said Jennifer McCausland of the Center for a Humane Economy and a leader in advocating for wolves in the state. “The state can do better than this, and it’s our hope that the Department heeds the governor’s wishes.”

The state has now killed 25 wolves in the Colville National Forest on behalf of Diamond M Ranch, since wolves began their slow return to northeast Washington. Complaints from that family have triggered 87 percent of all state-conducted wolf removal actions. The family has declined government payments to compensate them for lost cattle and refuses to take commonsense measures to protect its cattle from predators. Instead, it has publicly demanded the eradication of wolves from the area. The state has also been targeting the Togo Pack and the Grouse Flats pack.
Until this latest series of lethal wolf actions by the state, wolves had been slowly reclaiming small portions of their original range in Washington. The state has been on a pace this year to kill a fifth of Washington’s wolves, which the Department of Fish and Wildlife officials had previously estimated at 125 animals.

The Karner Blue Center for a Humane Economy (“the Center”) is a non-profit organization linked to the investment advisor Karner Blue Capital (“KBC”) that focuses on influencing the conduct of corporations to forge a humane economic order. The first organization of its kind in the animal protection movement, the Center encourages businesses to honor their social responsibilities in a culture where consumers, investors, and other key stakeholders abhor cruelty and the degradation of the environment and embrace innovation as a means of eliminating both.

Animal Wellness Action (Action) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) organization with a mission of helping animals by promoting legal standards forbidding cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife. We advocate for policies to stop dogfighting and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to confront factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we promote enacting good public policies and we work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we must elect good lawmakers, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our issues and which ones don’t. We believe helping animals helps us all.

Wayne Pacelle
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MxHero Launches New Plugin For All Encompassing Integration Between Microsoft Outlook & Box Cloud Content Platform

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MxHero's new plugin is a feature rich offering tightly integrating Box content platform with Outlook for Windows, Mac and O365 OWA

MxHero brings brings powerful Box content management capabilities and email together right in the inbox”

— Alex Panagides, CEO, mxHero Inc.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, October 1, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — MxHero announces today release of its new mxHero for Outlook 2.0 plugin. The plugin is a completely new product aimed at providing an all-encompassing integration between Microsoft Outlook and Box’s cloud content management platform. With the new offering, users will be able to save, search and open email messages (& attachments) plus access and manage Box folder and file content directly from within the Outlook user interface.

The full featured product brings seamless integration between email and Box. Users can navigate Box folders and files directly from within the Outlook interface. Additional capabilities include download, preview, collaboration, move and deletion of files and folders. Importantly, users can save and open emails (messages & attachments) directly from Box much like they do with standard files. When saving emails to Box, MxHero optimizes email content for the Box environment by automatically saving the email message as a text searchable PDF document linked to any attachments that are saved separately. Furthermore, MxHero automatically sets Box metadata fields like email sender, subject, message date. The metadata fields ensure rapid and meaningful search of saved messages. For example, all emails from a specific sender can be discovered within Box or directly from the plugin's search interface. In addition, the plugin supports custom metadata fields that can be edited upon upload to allow for company specific information like client or matter numbers.

Finally, the new plugin allows users to attach files to their emails directly from Box or save files directly from emails to Box. When attaching files from Box to email messages, files can be added as secure Box links or as standard attachments.

“Our new plugin is a groundbreaking product. Email is critical content to every organization. Box is the leading cloud content platform. MxHero has brought them together. Now users can leverage both technologies as one, seamlessly, in the same interface. For many of us, our day is consumed in our mailboxes. Our new offering is MxHero’s effort to make that day easier." says Alex Panagides, CEO, mxHero Inc.

Currently mxHero for Outlook 2.0 supports Outlook 2013 for Windows, Mac and web (OWA), but will soon be extended to Outlook for mobile (iPhone & Android).

About mxHERO
MxHero's products and services gives companies, service providers and end users powerful new ways to control, use and analyze email-based content. Apps developed for MxHero's platform work with any email management program, including Office 365, Gmail and Microsoft Exchange. MxHero is the 2016 Box Elite Partner of the Year, has partnered with Canon USA for go to market, and provides solutions mapped to the world's foremost cloud and hybrid content management platforms. Information on all of the Mail2Cloud product line can be found at http://www.mail2cloud.io. More than 3,500 companies with over 1 million users have added MxHero to their email. To learn more about MxHero visit http://www.mxhero.com. Find MxHero on Twitter: @mxheronet and Facebook: MxHero.net

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ERISA and Investment Management Law Attorney Kim Shaw Elliot Joins Preeminent ERISA Law Firm’s St. Louis Office

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Kim Shaw Elliott, attorney at The Wagner Law Group

Kim Shaw Elliott

Marcia Wagner, founder and Managing DIrector of The Wagner Law Group

Marcia Wagner, founder and Managing DIrector of The Wagner Law Group

The Wagner Law Group announces that Kim Shaw Elliott, an attorney specializing in ERISA and investment management law, joined the firm's St. Louis office.

Kim is a recognized expert in in her fields of practice with an extraordinarily unique wealth and depth of experience; we are excited that she will be joining us.”

— Marcia Wagner

BOSTON, MA, USA, October 1, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Boston, MA, October 1, 2019 – Marcia Wagner, the Managing Director of The Wagner Law Group, widely renowned as the country’s top ERISA and employee benefits law firm, is pleased to announce that Kim Shaw Elliott, an outstanding attorney specializing in ERISA and investment management law, has joined the firm as Of Counsel in its St. Louis office. “Kim is a recognized expert in in her fields of practice with an extraordinarily unique wealth and depth of experience; we are excited that she will be joining us,” says Ms. Wagner.

Kim Shaw Elliott is an ERISA investment lawyer, engaging in a multi-disciplinary practice helping clients successfully navigate the complex intersection of ERISA, securities law, broker-dealer regulation and tax regulation. Ms. Elliott represents broker-dealers, investment advisors, insurance companies and other entities nationwide, with a focus on fiduciary responsibility and best practices. She brings a business leader’s perspective to the practice of law, having served as an executive responsible for advisory services to retirement plans, as well as a chief compliance officer. As general counsel of industry leading broker-dealer/investment advisor firms, Ms. Elliott navigated through extensive claims litigation, multi-state regulatory actions and errors and omissions disputes, and presented actionable plans and guidance for compliant sales, operations, product development and customer service.

Ms. Elliott is a three-time graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where she earned her JD, LLM, and executive MBA. She is a member of the Compliance and Legal Division of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (“SIFMA”), was named President Emeritus of the Association of Corporate Counsel (St. Louis), chaired the Employee Benefits Committee of the Missouri Bar, and is a frequent speaker on employee benefits and securities-related topics. Ms. Elliott is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Missouri. She formerly held Series 7, 66 and 24 securities licenses.

The Wagner Law Group:

The Wagner Law Group has been dedicated to the highest standards of integrity, excellence and thought leadership for over two decades and is considered to be the nation’s preeminent ERISA and employee benefits law firm. With 36 attorneys in 10 offices, it provides unparalleled legal advice to its clients, including large, small and nonprofit corporations as well as individuals and government entities nationwide and in several foreign countries. The firm’s attorneys combine many years of experience in their fields of practice and include those who are AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and have been named to the prestigious Super Lawyers list for 2019. The Wagner Law Group is recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a Tier 1 Best Law Firm in the areas of ERISA and employee benefits and is certified as a woman-owned and operated business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

Ari Sonneberg
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Pizza Deliveries Are Saving Lives

Pepperoni & PSA toppings are the latest “in-the-hand” & “outside-the-box” marketing

Driving drug-impaired or riding with someone who is … is not worth the risk. The consequences are serious and real.”

— J. Nelson, MODOT

NEW YORK, NY, US, October 1, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — More than 70% of U.S. consumers find billboards, TV commercials, robo-calls and internet pop-up ads to be sensory pollutants … annoying and invasive, if not simply ignored. DVR’s, caller I.D. and ad blocking software have rendered the past centuries’ platforms obsolete. Yet some non-profit, government and commercial entities persist in alienating their target audiences through such arcane, counterproductive and ineffective media. That is, until modern and innovative strategies have achieved traction and found a unique means by which to, “drive home” the message.

Among a variety of customized applications for its clientele, Adzze, in collaboration with Bucket Media, has recently worked with the state of Missouri to educate the public on the legal limitations of marijuana legislation. In short, “Don’t drive high”. Yes, weed is somewhat legal in the “Show Me State”. So is alcohol and medication prescribed by one’s doctor. On the other hand, while marijuana laws vary dramatically among the 50 U.S. states, NO state’s driver’s license includes a license to drive under the influence of any drug or be otherwise impaired. “Drive High, Get a DUI”.

Based on the advertising agencies’ credentials and creative concept, The Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) has chosen Adzze and Bucket Media as the primary messengers to one of its most concentrated target markets. How better to reach a relevant audience with the munchies than with the sobering impact of ramifications that result in legal expenses, a criminal record and jail, if not injury or death?

In supplement to the public awareness campaign, Missouri law enforcement agencies are focusing on every resource legally available toward DUI prevention. Routine traffic stops for speeding or a broken tail light can result in further investigation if there is “probable cause” to conduct reasonable searches of vehicles or to conduct field sobriety testing on public thoroughfares.

In a recent statement, Jon Nelson of the MODOT emphasized the gravity of both the physical dangers as well as the legal and financial repercussions. “Driving drug-impaired or riding with someone who is drug impaired is not worth the risk. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest … can be significant. The consequences are serious and real.”

While this singular example is one of public service and pizza, non-profits and private enterprise are also moving away from “traditional” publicity vehicles and achieving a higher ROI in a much less obtrusive means to reach consumers, investors and the public. Without a doubt, politicians, charities and government agencies are finding more creative means by which raise funds and awareness … as are private enterprises increasing revenues.

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PDL Announce New Manchester & Edinburgh Offices – Private investigation company opens 2 new UK locations

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Established private investigation company PDL has opened new offices in
Manchester and Edinburgh to meet growing demand from clients.
across the UK.

PDL’s owner and lead detective said “We’re absolutely delighted to be announcing
new offices in both Manchester and Edinburgh.”

— Peter Torley

MANCHESTER, UK, October 1, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The new Manchester location – Chancery Place, 50 Brown Street – is PDL’s hub for the North of
England and North Wales.

The new Edinburgh location – Exchange Place 2 – represents PDL moving to a far more central
Edinburgh base, from their previous office on the city’s outskirts.

From these modern, centralised bases, PDL’s private detectives are able to host, travel to meet,
or arrange walking meetings with both corporate and individual clients with great ease.

Peter Torley, PDL’s owner and lead detective said “We’re absolutely delighted to be announcing
new offices in both Manchester and Edinburgh. Between these locations and our London HQ
we’re able to provide our high-quality services to clients anywhere in the UK and beyond.”

He continued, “Both these office relocations represent a great step forward for us at PDL, both
in terms of the quality of the offices themselves, and moving more centrally within both cities.”
Both offices – plus the new London HQ – have been secured via Landmark offices.
Ends

About PDL: PDL is a well-established private investigation company offering a comprehensive
range of services to clients across the UK and worldwide.

Peter Torley
PDL(Private Detective London)
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PDL Announce New London Office – Private investigation company opens new capital location.

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Established private investigation company PDL has opened a new Central
London office to meet growing demand for its services from clients nearby

We’re delighted to announce our move to Dover Street. This represents a huge growth in numbers of clients based in Mayfair,
Westminster and the surrounding areas”

— Peter Torley

LONDON, UK, October 1, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The location of the new site – 48 Dover Street – is ideally suited to the strong proportion of PDL’s
London clients based in Mayfair and Westminster, whilst also being central and accessible to all
clients in London and the surrounding areas.

The office, which sits between Mayfair and St James, and is served by Green Park and
Piccadilly Circus London Underground stations, is open 8:30am – 6pm Monday to Friday.

From this centralised base, PDL’s private detectives are able to host, travel to meet, or arrange
walking meetings with both corporate and individual clients with ease.

Peter Torley, PDL’s owner and lead detective said “We’re delighted to announce our move to
Dover Street. This represents a huge growth in numbers of clients based in Mayfair,
Westminster and the surrounding areas.”

He continued on the subject of PDL’s move and ongoing plans, “By moving our base from
Shoreditch to Mayfair, we can better accommodate our clients nearby whilst simultaneously
establishing a location more accessible to our clients in general. This efficiency is vital in
allowing us to focus on what we do best – good detective work that achieves success for all
clients.”

Ends

About PDL: PDL is a well-established private investigation company offering a comprehensive
range of services to clients across the UK and worldwide.

Peter Torley
PDL(Private Detective London)
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Mississippi US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate Has Endorsed the Law Firm of Karst von Oiste for a Navy Veteran in Mississippi with Mesothelioma-Call for Direct Access To Erik Karst-Plan For Better Compensation

"We do not want a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma or their family to get shortchanged on compensation-as we would like to discuss anytime at 800-714-0303.”

— Mississippi US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate

MONTGOMERY , MISSISSIPPI , USA, October 1, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Mississippi US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate says, "We do not want a US Navy Veteran with mesothelioma anywhere in Mississippi to think that a local car accident attorney will consistently get them the best possible compensation results. We have endorsed the law firm of Karst von Oiste and their founding partner Erik Karst because these amazing lawyers have been helping Navy Veterans with mesothelioma for decades and their hard work has resulted in over a billion dollars in mesothelioma or asbestos exposure illness compensation results."

For direct access to attorney Erik Karst of the law firm of Karst von Oiste please call 800-714-0303. www.karstvonoiste.com/

The Mississippi US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate fears that a Navy Veteran or person with mesothelioma or their family members will act impulsively when it comes to hiring a lawyer or law firm to assist with a mesothelioma compensation claim and in doing so potentially end up with an unqualified lawyer or law firm. "We do not want a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma or their family to get shortchanged on compensation-as we would like to discuss anytime at 800-714-0303. We are an amazing resource for a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma in Mississippi-and our services are free." https://Mississippi.USNavyMesothelioma.Com

The Mississippi US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate offers their free services to US Navy Veterans with mesothelioma in Jackson, Gulfport, Southaven, Hattiesburg, Biloxi, Tupelo or anywhere in Mississippi. www.karstvonoiste.com/

For the best possible mesothelioma treatment options in Mississippi the Mississippi US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate strongly recommends the following heath care facility with the offer to help a diagnosed victim, or their family get to the right physicians at this hospital:

* University of Mississippi Medical Center Jackson, Mississippi: https://www.umc.edu/cancerinstitute/

Every US Navy ship vessel built up to 1980 contained asbestos. Extreme exposure to asbestos may have occurred to US Navy Veterans if they were assigned to a navy ship’s engine room, as a machinists mate, electrician, plumber/pipefitter, mechanic, in engineering, as a repair crew member, as a crew member on a nuclear submarine or as a member of the Navy Seabees. Additionally, a US Navy Veteran could have received extreme exposure to asbestos if they were required to stay on their ship or submarine for a major repair, overhaul or retrofit at a shipyard.

About one third of all US citizens diagnosed with mesothelioma each year are Veterans of the US Navy. Before a Navy Veteran with mesothelioma or their family retain the services of a lawyer or law firm they are urged to call the US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma Advocate anytime at 800-714-0303. https://USNavyMesothelioma.Com

The states with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Louisiana, Washington, and Oregon.

However, based on the calls the US Navy Veterans Mesothelioma advocate receives a US Navy Veteran diagnosed with mesothelioma could live in any state including New York, Florida, California, Texas, New Hampshire, Vermont, Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Idaho, or Alaska. www.karstvonoiste.com/

For a listing of various classes of US Navy ships or submarines please visit the US Navy website on this topic: http://www.navy.mil/navydata/our_ships.asp.

For more information about mesothelioma please refer to the National Institutes of Health’s web site related to this rare form of cancer: https://www.cancer.gov/types/mesothelioma.

Michael Thomas
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Mental Health Watchdog Cites United Nations Report on Enforced (Involuntary) ECT is Recognized Torture

CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections.

CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections.

With no clinical trials proving its safety, electroshock treatment plays Russian roulette with the lives of vulnerable people who are often ill-informed about its long-term effects, including, according to an ECT device manufacturer, permanent brain damage.

With no clinical trials proving its safety, electroshock treatment plays Russian roulette with the lives of vulnerable people who are often ill-informed about its long-term effects, including, according to an ECT device manufacturer, permanent brain damage.

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

The Florida chapter of CCHR is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the protection of children.

The Florida chapter of CCHR is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the protection of children.

Electroshock can be given without a patient’s consent, a practice several United Nations reports equate with torture.

Parents who consent to ECT on behalf of minors are also misled into believing that inducing a seizure, which ECT does, is vital for a child’s mental health. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

— Jan Eastgate, president of CCHR International

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, October 1, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — In a continuing series about the use of electroshock treatment (ECT) and this practice putting at risk a reported 100,000 Americans every year, Citizens Commission on Human Rights International (CCHR), a mental health industry watchdog, says electroshock can be given without a patient’s consent, a practice several United Nations reports equate with torture. “Parents and guardians who consent to ECT on behalf of minors are also misled into believing that inducing a grand mal seizure, which ECT does, is vital for a child’s mental health. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” Jan Eastgate, president of CCHR International, said. She points to the United Nations reports that say coercive ECT is torture.

In 2013, the Report of Juan E. Méndez, then UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, that ECT (even given with anesthetic and muscle relaxants) may cross a threshold of mistreatment that is tantamount to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Specifically, he called for “an absolute ban on all forced and non-consensual medical interventions against persons with disabilities, including the non-consensual administration of psychosurgery, electroshock and mind-altering drugs….”[1]

A July 2018 UN Human Rights Council report on “Mental health and human rights,” also called on governments to recognize that forced psychiatric treatment, including ECT, “as practices constituting torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment….” [2]

“ECT consent does not mitigate the torture. When a patient is involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility, their right to consent may be waived, which by international human rights standards also constitutes torture,” Eastgate said.

Statistics on the rate of involuntary committed patients receiving ECT in the U.S. is not publicly available and often requires requests through State and Federal Freedom of Information Acts. In its submission to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2016, CCHR pointed out the dearth of statistics on ECT’s usage generally in the U.S. and lack of oversight over a practice that can cause permanent memory loss and brain damage.

CCHR filed FOIA requests for stats on ECT usage, with 27 states responding and 19 admitting they allow the use of electroshock to children, including seven states using it on those aged “zero to five.” This is despite four U.S. states banning the use of ECT on minors and the World Health Organization’s Resource Book on Mental Health, Human Rights and Legislation also says: “There are no indications for the use of ECT on minors, and hence this should be prohibited through legislation.” [3]

According to a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences an extensive long-term follow-up study indicates that “most ECT patients will never recover from the damage in the form of persistent severe mental deficits.” [4] ECT researcher, psychologist Harold Sackeim admits that “virtually all patients experience some degree of persistent and, likely, permanent retrograde amnesia” (memory loss of events prior to ECT.) In a study published in Neuropsychopharmacology, Sackeim and colleagues acknowledged that ECT may cause permanent amnesia and permanent deficits in cognitive abilities, which affect ability to function. [5]

The FDA’s Final Order on ECT specifies that the ECT device should be reduced in risk classification for treatment of four “disorders.” The agency’s response to the UN reports CCHR referred them to was that the UN hadn’t specified these disorders. Eastgate notes however that “electricity doesn’t differentiate a mental condition when it charges through the brain and body. Physical damage is damage no matter what the state of mind, no matter whether consent is given or not. Torture is torture.”

When the FDA was questioned about the number of patients that are subjected to ECT involuntarily, the agency claimed that the practice “is uncommon and, when it occurs, requires a judicial proceeding.” CCHR charges that this misleads Congress and other legislatures. Including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, a Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law report says there are 33 geographical jurisdictions where the state laws and administrative codes do not even comment on the use of ECT. [6]

The U.S. is a signatory to the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) which requires it to take measures to end torture within its jurisdictions and own laws. For purposes of the Convention, torture is defined as an extreme form of cruel and inhuman punishment committed under the color of law.

Under U.S. legislation and regulations, CAT requirements are understood to apply to acts of torture committed by or at the acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. [7] CCHR argues that under involuntary commitment laws, psychiatrists, as agents of the State, are being allowed to torture with impunity.

The FDA should be brought before Congress over its defiance of the UN recommendations, CCHR states. Instead of protecting citizens, it is allowing electroshock torture to be passed off as “standard” medical care, when the entire practice of ECT should be abolished.
More than 90,000 people have signed CCHR’s online petition to ban electroshock. More are encouraged to sign this and also to report any incident of ECT damage to CCHR.

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969. For more information visit www.cchrflorida.org

Sources:
[1] A/HRC/22/53, "Report of the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E. Méndez," United Nations, General Assembly, Human Rights Council, Twenty-second Session, Agenda Item 3, 1 Feb. 2013, p. 1, Summary.
[2] “Mental health and human rights: Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development,” Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General, Human Rights Council, 10-28 Sept. 2018, p. 14, point 46.
[3] “WHO RESOURCE BOOK ON MENTAL HEALTH, HUMAN RIGHTS AND LEGISLATION WHO 2005,” p. 64.
[4] https://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-peter-breggin/electroshock-treatment_b_1373619.html.
John Breeding, Ph.D., “Electroshocking Children: Why It Should Be Stopped,” 11 Feb. 2014, https://www.madinamerica.com/2014/02/electroshocking-children-stopped/, citing, Sackeim, “Memory Loss: From Polarization to Reconciliation,” The Journal of ECT, Sept. 2001, Vol. 17, Iss, 3, p 229, Letters to the Editor and Sackeim et al., “The Cognitive Effects of Electroconvulsive Therapy in Community Settings” Neuropsychopharmacology, Vol. 32, Number 1, 2007.
[6] http://www.jaapl.org/content/34/3/406.full.pdf.
[7] https://fas.org/sgp/crs/intel/RL32276.pdf.

Diane Stein
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Electroconvulsive “Therapy” —The Facts about ECT


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