Action Alerts

Urge Congress to Support Great Ape Protection
Help protect chimpanzees and other great apes now by asking your congressional representatives to cosponsor and support the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R. 1513/S. 810) Passage of this legislation would permanently end the use of chimpanzees—and all other great apes—in invasive experiments and retire more than 500 federally owned chimpanzees to sanctuaries.

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Tell the U.S. Government to Get Out of the Horse Slaughter Business…Once and For All
ACTION
A BILL entitled the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011 (S. 1176) was introduced in the United States Senate, Thursday, June 9, 2011, by Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) with 14 originating co-sponsors.
S. 1176 makes it illegal to transport horses to slaughter for human consumption.
In separate articles published in The Hill days before S. 1176 was introduced, both Rep. Raúl Grijalva and Rep. Jim Moran threw down the gauntlet regarding horse slaughter.
Grijalva stated that horse slaughter has been off the Washington radar too long, and Moran that the United States should get out of the horse meat business.
If successful, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011 will do just that.
Please contact your two U.S. Senators and respectfully urge them to co-sponsor and vote yes for S. 1176, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011.
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News of Note

Bill on Humane Slaughter Yields New Front for Muslim Tensions
The Dutch Parliament will vote Tuesday on a bill that, if enacted, will effectively require even Jewish and Muslim butchers to stun animals — mechanically, electrically or with gas — before they are slaughtered, eliminating an exception in current law.  A tiny animal rights party, which has two seats in Parliament, proposed the bill, arguing that failing to stun the animals before slaughter subjects them to unnecessary pain.


12 Activists Arrested in Spain, Being Charged With “Eco-Terrorism”
Twelve animal rights and environmental activists have been arrested in Spain and are being labeled “eco-terrorists.”…Some of the activists have worked with Igualdad Animal on open rescues, walking into factory farms where animals were being abused, documenting the animal welfare violations, and then rescuing some of the animals.

Ohio House Passes Tougher Animal Cruelty Laws
The Ohio House passed House Bill 25 on Tuesday that would make animal cruelty charges a first-degree misdemeanor. The current violation makes it a second-degree misdemeanor.  The legislation doesn’t solely focus on the animal but rather the entire family as a whole. Studies show that if an animal is being abused inside a house, somebody else is too.

Guidelines issued for treating combat dogs
That advice is among several new guidelines issued to battlefield doctors called on to treat dogs injured in the line of duty in Afghanistan.  “Canines differ in anatomy and physiology,” the guidelines say. “Knowledge of key differences will assist the physician in resuscitating and stabilizing … prior to transport to veterinary care.”

Gov. Scott Signs New Dog Fighting Bill
Animal activists are celebrating one of the laws that Gov. Rick Scott signed this week.  It makes dogs involved in fighting more adoptable.  Under the new law, dogs confiscated from fighting rings will not automatically be labeled as “dangerous.”  The dogs will still be evaluated by shelters to see if they can be adopted into new homes.

Physicians’ animal rights group criticizes Miss. medical center live animal teaching program
A physicians’ animal rights group has renewed its criticism of University of Mississippi Medical Center’s ongoing use of live pigs to train doctors.  UMMC said in a statement Thursday that it complies with all applicable laws in using animals for educational purposes.

CSI: Wildlife — Solving Mysterious Animal Deaths
Dead animals arrive at the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wis., almost every day, usually by overnight delivery in plastic coolers. State and federal wildlife biologists from all over the country send carcasses to the lab hoping to solve cases of mysterious animal deaths, to confirm their own diagnoses or to provide evidence in legal cases against an animal’s killer.


Stampede to microchip chuckwagon horses to monitor health
Horses competing in the chuckwagon races at the Calgary Stampede will be microchipped as part of a new animal care program, so veterinarians can keep track of their medical and race histories in an attempt to ensure only the fittest are allowed to compete.  Six horses died at last year’s Stampede.

Surge In Demand For Vegan Wine
A noticeable surge in demand for vegan wine has been seen by retailers and restaurants in the past year with Blackenbrook vineyard one of only a few wine producers able to offer all their white wines as vegan.

MMA Diet: Vegetarian
We all should become vegetarians to a certain extent. In fact, research – ranging from Johns Hopkins University’s “Meatless Monday” campaign to Harvard’s Health Publications – is coupling with the growing number of individual success stories, books like Skinny Bitch and documentaries like Food INC. to reveal that perhaps “should” should become “need.” Meat isn’t so bad. What’s bad is that we are eating far too much of it.

Tal Ronnen says make it vegan but make it delicious
Tal Ronnen catered the vegan wedding for Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi. Casino mogul Steve Wynn tapped him to add vegan dishes to the menus at all 22 restaurants at the luxurious Wynn and Encore resorts in Vegas.

When Food Kills
The deaths of 31 people in Europe from a little-known strain of E. coli have raised alarms worldwide, but we shouldn’t be surprised. Our food often betrays us.

Pet estate planning: Not just for Leona Helmsley anymore
Pet estate planning has grown since Helmsley’s will made headlines. Today there are retirement homes for pets all across the country, and at least 45 states allow for pet trusts. A pet trust is an agreement that specifies how an owner wants a pet to be cared for, including details on who will be responsible for the animal and how the care will be paid for.

Action Alerts

Boycott Geico for Sponsoring Rodeos

Please let GEICO’s CEO Tony Nicely know what you think about the company’s support of rodeo cruelty. “We are proud to be partnering with the PRCA and the exciting world of ProRodeo,” said Ted Ward, GEICO vice president.”

Tony Nicely
CEO, Geico
Email: tnicely@geico.com

GEICO Communications Department
One GEICO Plaza
Washington, D.C. 20076
Geico’s online email form

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

GEICO insurance is partnering with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). Rodeos are vicious and cruel, however, GEICO thinks it’s just another way to promote themselves.

Tell San Diego County Fair to Suspend Cruel Elephant Rides
Organizers of the San Diego County Fair are having elephant rides provided by the company Have Trunk Will Travel (HTWT), despite video evidence that the company abuses elephants. In video footage recently released by Animal Defenders International, trainers with HTWT can be seen forcing elephants to perform by shocking them with electric prods in the belly and genital area and striking them with bullhooks—sharp metal-tipped weapons resembling fireplace pokers that can leave painful welts, abscesses, and puncture wounds on elephants’ sensitive skin. In the footage, a baby elephant cries out in pain each time he is hit on the head and jabbed in his sensitive mouth with a bullhook.

Tell Rebecca Desmond, acting director of the Division of Fairs and Expositions; Barry Nussbaum, president of the Board of Directors for the 22nd District Agricultural Association; and Tim Fennell, CEO and general manger of the 22nd District Agricultural Association, to urge them to suspend the elephant rides at the San Diego County Fair immediately while fair staff conduct an internal investigation.

Contact:

Rebecca Desmond
Acting Director
Division of Fairs and Expositions
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Del Mar, CA 92014
phone (858) 755-1161

Barry Nussbaum
President of the Board of Directors
22nd District Agricultural Association
2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard
Del Mar, CA 92014-2216
phone (858) 755-1161
fax (858) 755-7820

Tim Fennell
CEO and General Manger
22nd District Agricultural Association
2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard
Del Mar, CA 92014-2216
phone (858) 755-1161
fax (858) 755-7820

News of Note

Seattle taxpayers file appeal in lawsuit against the city for supporting the cruelty to Woodland Park Zoo elephants
Concerned citizens represented by the Animal Legal Defense Fund are filing an appeal in the Washington State Court of Appeals in their lawsuit against the City of Seattle and Woodland Park Zoo. The Animal Legal Defense Fund intends to stop the City’s unlawful use of taxpayer dollars to support the Woodland Park Zoo’s treatment of elephants in violation of Washington State and Seattle animal cruelty laws.

Meatless Mondays Catch On, Even With Carnivores
For whatever reason, chefs and restaurateurs say, the big outside money that fuels economic life here, often flying in by private jet from places like Malibu or the Main Line, tilts heavily toward the carnivorous…A new nationwide pro-veggie effort, however — aimed at persuading people to go meatless at least one day a week — has been embraced here more than in any other city in America. At least 20 institutions and restaurants, including Syzygy, are offering vegetarian choices on Mondays under a plan announced this month.

Petting-Zoo Animals Are Walking Petri Dishes of Disease
KOMO reports that four people are sick from E. coli contamination after visiting Everett’s Animal Farm at Forest Park. One child was apparently hospitalized for three days. Turns out this kind of thing is pretty common.  The most recent study listed by the Centers for Disease Control analyzed data from 2005 and found a host of infections in the three states that were sampled.

E. Coli: Blame the Meat, Not the Sprouts
While E. coli 0157H7 has ridden leaves of lettuce and spinach into infamy, this is an enemy whose origins we have met, and we know they are all about meat, not vegetables. When it comes to public health mayhem from mutant germs, plants are innocent bystanders. Feed animals are raised as an industrial commodity, rather than as creatures. Their natural diets are disregarded, and they are fed whatever leads to the fastest growth and greatest profit. The origins of E. coli 0157H7 are not mysterious; they relate to changes in the feed of cattle.

Activists march against overseas abattoir cruelty
Up to 1000 animal rights activists have marched from Sydney’s Hyde Park to Parliament House, to protest against cruel slaughter practices at overseas abattoirs.

San Francisco Mulls Goldfish Ban
San Francisco’s Animal Control and Welfare Commission is recommending that the City ban the sale of goldfish, tropical fish and guppies in its borders.  The recommendation to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is part of the commission’s ongoing efforts to discourage “impulse buys” of animals.

Governor New Dog and Cat Breeder Law Signed
A new law, signed by Governor Rick Perry Friday, takes aim at dog and cat breeders in Texas. Lawmakers want to eliminate “puppy mills.” Included in the new law were provisions for licensing, background checks for breeders, facility inspections and a public directory of licensed breeders, so potential buyers will be able to seen which breeders have faced disciplinary action.

In It for the Long Run: Vegan Ultramarathoner Scott Jurek
Scott Jurek, 37, is an ultra ultramarathoner. He’s the U.S. record holder for the 24-hour run, fitting 165.7 miles into a single day. Twice he’s won the brutal Badwater race — that’s 153 miles through Death Valley — and he’s won the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run seven times. He does it all on a diet devoid of animal products.

NYC to send airport geese to food banks for the poor
New York City plans to round-up geese that could threaten planes at its airports and ship them to Pennsylvania to be cooked as meals for the poor, The New York Times reports.

Japan’s ageing pets spark elderly care boom
Pets are said to be like their owners, and in fast-ageing Japan a generation of greying pooches and tabbies has sparked a boom in elderly care for the four-legged friends.  Better pet food and veterinary services have allowed dogs and cats to live longer, spawning an industry that ranges from animal diapers and walking aids to 24-hour emergency care and research into pet tissue-engineering.  The market is huge. Japanese keep 22 million dogs and cats, according to the latest data from the Japan Pet Food Association — outnumbering children aged under 15 by about 30 percent.

Your Dog Is Watching You
Dogs are constantly learning from the reaction of human owners, picking up facial cues and anticipating their owner’s behavior, new research suggests. The findings, published online in the journal Learning and Behavior, show that dogs essentially are always in training, and help explain how many owners unknowingly teach and reward their dog’s bad behavior.

Communities try to control cat population
A growing number of animal advocates and local communities are stepping up efforts to curb the overpopulation of cats by offering low-cost or free spaying and neutering.  Stephen Zawistowski, science adviser for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, says a number of factors are contributing to the booming cat population

Action Alerts

Tell Nestea to Stop Abusing Animals
Before taking your next sip of tea, check the label on the bottle because you may be drinking a cupful of cruelty to animals. Nestlé, the maker of Nestea, is testing and paying others to conduct painful and deadly tea tests on animals. The company has caused animals to suffer simply to investigate the possible health benefits linked to tea products and ingredients, even though not one of these experiments is legally required for beverage manufacturers, and regulators have stated that animal tests are not sufficient to prove a health claim about a product.
For more information about these tests, see this link
Tell Nestea to stop testing on animals and join other brands—such as Lipton, Arizona, Snapple, Honest Tea, Tazo, Twinings, Stash Tea, Celestial Seasonings, Luzianne Tea, and others—that do NOT experiment on animals. Not one of these deadly experiments is legally required for beverage manufacturers.
Make direct contact:

Brad Alford
Chairman & CEO, Nestlé USA
phone             (800) 225-2270 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (800) 225-2270 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
online contact form:

Paul Bulcke
CEO, Nestlé South Africa
online contact form

Say NO to Another Massive BLM Mustang Roundup in Wyoming
Beginning as early as July 2011, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) intends to send out helicopters to roundup over 1,600 mustangs from this HMA. After tearing foals from their mothers and forcibly driving mares from their stallions, the BLM will permanently remove 1,225 of the wild horses from their rightful home on our public lands.
Tell BLM to cancel the proposed removal of 1,225 Wild Horses from the Great Divide Basin Herd Management Area in July 2011.
Make direct contact:

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Tell Amazon Fish and Pets to stop selling puppies

Little Amazon is a pet store at 10316 Aurora Avenue.
Currently they do not have puppies but they are planning on ordering a shipment for the summer.  Customers have been told that the puppies come from Kansas and Texas, and that they can order any breed a customer wants.

Please call Little Amazon politely ask them to stop selling puppies

206-528-1646

News of Note

Measurers to stop livestock taping stall in states
Efforts to outlaw the undercover recording of animal abuse in livestock operations appear to have stalled in Iowa and other states in the face of complaints that the proposals were intended primarily to protect the industry with little concern for animals’ welfare.

Princeton University is cited by USDA for violations involving primates used in experiments
Princeton University continues to run afoul of federal regulations in its testing of primates, including depriving some of the animals of water for over 24 hours, according to a report obtained by The Times.

Animal rights activists upset over protection given to University research
Animal rights activists are up-in-arms about a state budget measure to exempt U-W Madison researchers from crimes against animals.  The item was quietly put into a budget proposal that gives UW campuses more flexibility and freedom from state rules.  It says Madison researchers would not have to follow state laws involving crimes against animals if “bona fide scientific research” is involved.

New strain of antibiotic-resistant staph appears in cows
A new strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as MRSA, has been discovered in cows and humans in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe, researchers reported Thursday. The new strain disturbs researchers because it evades one of the most commonly used tests to detect MRSA.

Legislature Votes To Give Chickens More Room
Lawmakers in Oregon want to give egg-laying hens more room to stretch their wings and move around.  The bill requires the state Department of Agriculture to come up with new standards for cages, lighting and ventilation based on from the American Humane Association, an animal rights group.


Los Angeles Moves To Ban Factory-Bred Pet Sales
The City Council today instructed the Department of Animal Services to draft a law banning the commercial breeding of dogs, cats, rabbits and chickens in Los Angeles and the sale of factory-bred animals in pet stores.

Bill Would Ban Horse Transport to Foreign Processing Plants
Legislation introduced into the United States Senate on Thursday (June 9) would ban the transport of horses from the U.S. to processing plants in Mexico and Canada.  Horse processing has not taken place in the U.S. since 2007 when the last processing facility operating was closed. Since then, horses have been transported to Mexico and Canada for processing. Previous legislative attempts to ban the transport of horses to foreign processing plants have been unsuccessful.

FDA: Some chicken may have small amount of arsenic
The Food and Drug Administration says some chicken meat may contain small amounts of arsenic, though the agency is stressing that the amount is too tiny to be dangerous to people who eat it.  The FDA said Wednesday that a new study by the agency shows that an ingredient in chicken feed that contains arsenic

Texans charged with cruelty over taped cow killings
Seven people are facing animal cruelty charges after a welfare group released video last month showing pickaxes and hammers being used to bash the skulls of calves at a West Texas cattle company.

EPA to Ban Some Rat Poisons
The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday it would move to ban the sale of most pellet rat and mouse poison to consumers, but the decision will face challenges from at least two affected companies.

NOAA OKs Factory Fish Farming for the Gulf of Mexico
That the U.S. government agency responsible for managing the nations fisheries falls within the agency responsible for international trade is painfully clear with Thursday’s announcement that NOAA will finalize regulations for open ocean aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico.

Vegan Black Metal Chef Is Still Cooking With Hellfire
The Vegan Black Metal Chef, the culinary sensation that blew everyone away last month with his devastating musical recipe for pad thai, is back at it again. And this time he’s using the flames of Satan to make three different vegan meals.

Action Alerts

Tell Amazon Fish and Pets to stop selling puppies

Little Amazon is a pet store at 10316 Aurora Avenue.
Currently they do not have puppies but they are planning on ordering a shipment for the summer.  Customers have been told that the puppies come from Kansas and Texas, and that they can order any breed a customer wants.

Please call Little Amazon politely ask them to stop selling puppies

206-528-1646

There will also be a demo in front of the store on Saturday, June 11th from 11am – 1pm.  Signs will be provided!

Tell William and Kate Why They Should NOT Attend the Calgary Rodeo

Tell Prince William and his wife Katie why they should not attend/condone the cruel Calgary rodeo at the beginning of July 2011.
Please write to him and his wife and ask him not to go to the rodeo by using this online email contact form:

http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/contactus/

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
Prince William and his wife Katie will attend the cruel Calgary rodeo at the beginning of July 2011. They have been contacted and sent them a DVD with graphic footage made by SHARK.

You can paste this sample into the form or, better yet, write your own letter:

FOA Royal Highnesses Prince William and Catherine.

I am horrified that you will be attending a rodeo during your Canada trip. You must be aware of the cruelty that takes place in rodeos. It will reflect badly on the British monarchy.

Yours sincerely,
Name:
Country:

It is time for both Congress and the USDA to Protect our Pets!

Take Action

Please use the form at this link to contact Chester Gipson, DVM, the Deputy Administrator of Animal Care at USDA, and ask that the agency immediately revoke R&R Research’s Class B dealer license. Remind USDA that R&R has repeatedly committed serious AWA violations.

Please contact your Senators and Representative and urge them to spare America’s former pets from a life in research laboratories by supporting the re-introduction of the Pet Safety and Protection Act legislation that would ban random source Class B dealers.