Help Save Chimpanzees: Support the Great Ape Protection Act (GAPA)
Please take a moment to help the more than 1,000 chimpanzees forced to live in laboratory research settings in the United States. Recently, ABC’s Nightline exposed the abuse of hundreds of chimpanzees and other nonhuman primates at the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana. Unfortunately, these individuals are not alone in their suffering.
The Great Ape Protection Act (H.R. 1326) has just been reintroduced in Congress. This legislation would end invasive research on the chimpanzees remaining in laboratories, release federally owned chimpanzees to permanent sanctuaries, and end federal funding for the breeding of federally owned chimpanzees.
Make a brief, polite phone call to urge your U.S. representative to co-sponsor The Great Ape Protection Act.
Then, send an e-mail to your representative to follow up.
Help Get Elephants to Sanctuary
The fate of Tina, Jewel and Queenie, three elephants confiscated from the abusive Davenport Circus, was finally decided. Rather than being sent to a sanctuary to live out their lives in peace after years of being forced to perform for the amusement of humans, they were sent to zoos. Queenie was sent to the inhumane San Antonio Zoo – rated the worst US zoo in 2009 by IDA (In Defense of Animals)!
The Senate Agricultural Committee is considering holding a hearing to review how the USDA and the AZA (Association of Zoos & Aquariums) may have colluded so that confiscated elephants stay in the entertainment industry by going to zoos instead of a sanctuary.
Please call or email to ask that the USDA be required to do what’s best for the elephants – let them be retired to a sanctuary:
Chairwoman Blanche Lincoln (AR) Chairman:
EMAIL: http://lincoln.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm (use topic Agriculture)
Saxby Chambliss, (GA), Ranking committee member:
http://www.chambliss.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Email (use topic Agriculture)
Ask your Representative to Make Sale of Crush Videos Illegal Again
On April 20, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in U.S. v. Stevens that the “Crush Act,” a 1999 federal law banning the creation, sale and possession of materials depicting genuine acts of animal cruelty, is unconstitutional and overbroad in its scope.
“Crush” fetish videos (also called “squish” videos) generally depict a woman’s feet as they crush to death small animals such as rodents and kittens. The Crush Act was intended to stop the creation and sale of these horrific videos depicting live animals being intentionally maimed, mutilated, tortured, wounded or killed.
The day after the Supreme Court’s ruling, Representative Gallegly (R-CA) introduced H.R. 5092, a new bill designed to overcome the Court’s decision to strike down the Crush Act. The new bill amends the Crush Act to give it a much narrower focus, but would still prohibit selling or offering to sell any depictions of animals being crushed, drowned, impaled or burned where such actions are illegal.
H.R. 5092 will help ensure that the crush video industry is not revitalized in the absence of any enforceable federal law. The original Crush Act was passed with little opposition—help us get this revision passed quickly, too.
Please email your representative to urge him or her to support H.R. 5092.