Action Alerts

Cut funding for invasive research on chimpanzees.
The time has come to ban chimpanzee experiments. Currently, the United States is only one of two nations that still uses these animals in cruel, invasive studies. Help stop to this outrage by signing this petition that asks President Obama to cut funding for invasive chimp research!
The White House recently launched a new website, We The People, which allows anyone to petition the government via an online platform. If a petition reaches 25,000 signatures within 30 days, the White House will submit a public response on the issue. We need your help to bring chimps into the spotlight!
It is time for the U.S. to join other industrialized nations and ban the use of chimpanzees in research. Continued funding for studies using chimpanzees has come under increased criticism within the scientific community as well as the general public for its lack of relevance or necessity in advancing human heath. The suffering and stress inflicted on these highly intelligent social creatures coupled with the waste of tax payer dollars makes their continued use untenable.
Permanently retiring these chimpanzees to sanctuaries will not only benefit their lives with a more natural environment but will save taxpayer dollars currently being spent to warehouse them in federally funded research institutions.
Sign and help end research on chimpanzees and stop wasteful government

Help End the Sale of Fur at Nordstrom
Nordstrom is a fourth generation family business that has a solid customer service reputation, and a name that evokes a sense of responsibility and success. Why then does the Nordstrom Family continue to sully its reputation with ties to the fur industry?
Help Nordstrom make the right choice by speaking up when shopping at Nordstrom. Please politely tell their associates: “Please stop selling fur.” Ask for a comment card on which you can write the same sentiment.
Please keep your message polite, positive, and on point about the animal suffering. Let Nordstrom know that you are a customer and to please stop carrying all fur items.

Nordstrom Corporate Offices
President Blake Nordstrom
1700 Seventh Avenue, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98101
206-373-4331

Adopt a Nordstrom near you and help us educate their customers.

Every weekend now until Valentines Day advocates across the country will be outside Nordstrom stores handing out information to customers and asking them to tell Nordstrom, “Please stop selling fur.”
Please contact our Nordstrom Campaign Coordinator at hope@idausa.org for fliers and information about how you can participate.

Tell Oregon Governor to Stop Wolf Slaughter
The Imnaha Pack is one of only two reproducing wolf packs in Oregon. Killing two surviving members, including the alpha male, will make life even harder for the two wolves in the pack who are left — and make them more likely to resort to preying on livestock.  Such heavy-handed reaction to occasional wolf depredations will squelch wolf recovery in Oregon. Far more effective would be to insist on better livestock husbandry practices to reduce the vulnerability of stock and the likelihood of conflict.  Government wolf killing has not built tolerance for wolves in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, where more than 1,000 wolves have been killed in response to depredations; yet now calls for killing wolves are growing. To build true coexistence, and perhaps a measure of tolerance, Oregon’s state government must first tolerate the wolves.
Tell Oregon Governor that in order to build true coexistence, and perhaps a measure of tolerance, Oregon’s state government must first tolerate the wolves AND NOT SLAUGHTER THEM to pacify ranchers and hunters.

Contact:

Governor John Kitzhaber
phone (503) 378-4582
fax (503) 378-6827
online web form: http://www.oregon.gov/Gov/contact.shtml

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Animal testing losing favour
The Netherlands is at the forefront of a global trend turning away from using animals for scientific and commercial tests. Technological advances are making animal testing less necessary and, at the same time, a vibrant animal rights movement is mobilising public opinion.  Recent developments in the Netherlands underpin this trend. Major Dutch research centre TNO has announced it will immediately cease testing on all species of primates (testing on the primates most closely related to humans was banned in 2003).

Animal testing defended as UBC releases data
The disclosure that almost 212,000 animals were studied last year at UBC – more than double the previously acknowledged total – brought howls from animal-rights supporters.  Brian Vincent, director of Stop UBC Animal Research, said the new data revealed nothing about instances where monkeys were subjected to electric shocks and titanium screws inserted in cats’ spines.  “Some animals have endured horrific pain and suffering. It is quite startling that UBC is causing so much cruelty with taxpayers’ dollars,” he said. “The information they have released is not very helpful because it is so vague.”

Pet Lovers, Pathologized
while politicians continue to channel  “Joe Six-Pack” by hunting and killing animals to prove that they are tough providers, animal lovers are often infantilized, pathologized and derided. It is true that White House pets have often become celebrities, but they are usually there for the children, part of the pretty picture of the all-American family. This is part of a complicated and often hypocritical view we hold toward animals.


Young vegetarians: Getting the nutrition they need
While many parents worry whether their vegetarian or vegan children will receive adequate nutrition for their growing bodies, the American Dietetic Association says such diets, as long as they are well-planned, are appropriate for all phases of life, including childhood and adolescence. “Appropriately planned” vegetarian or vegan diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases, the dietetic association says.
Ohio case renews old questions about exotic pets
Sanctuaries have neither the space, nor the financial wherewithal, to come to the rescue of overmatched owners who can no longer care for their big cats, monkeys or even parrots. Some sanctuaries have closed their doors, contributing to the population of unwanted, difficult-to-place beasts that can cost $10,000 a year or more to maintain….demand for sanctuary space has always outstripped the supply…Long before the current economic slump, private owners, biomedical research facilities and sanctuaries that accepted more animals than they could handle were all sources of castoff exotics.

Supreme Court to hear ‘downer cattle’ meat processing case which originated in Chino
At issue is whether California can create its own laws to safeguard its food supply and prevent farm animal abuse, while preempting federal law which regulates slaughterhouses and prevents the slaughter and processing of cattle which cannot walk, according to court briefs.  Meat industry representatives, which filed a lawsuit against the state in National Meat Association v. Harris, argue that California law attempts to preempt federal law, takes a cow issue and applies it to other animals, and could raise costs for meat processors.

Slaughter of Horses Goes On, Just Not in U.S
That shift is one of the many unintended consequences of a de facto federal ban on horse slaughter, according to a recent federal government study. As the domestic market for unwanted horses shrinks, more are being neglected and abandoned, and roughly the same number — nearly 140,000 a year — are being killed after a sometimes grueling journey across the border.  The study’s findings have been fiercely contested by animal welfare groups, which argue that most of the problems stem from the economic downturn and the high price of feed. The study also breathed new life into the long-smoldering battle over whether to allow the resumption of domestic horse slaughter or, alternatively, to prohibit the animals from being shipped abroad for their meat.

Case sheds light on horses’ plight in hard times
Three members of an Appleton, Minn., family were each charged with a felony for cruelty to animals this summer, the first felony charges ever in Minnesota for the alleged starving of horses, authorities say.  “I realize that horses die, and I understand the changing economics and changing rural demographics,” Jost said of animals that the Minnesota Legislature last year classified as livestock, as opposed to domestic animals. “But it’s about time that somebody stood up for these defenseless animals.”

Humane Society of U.S. alleges Ky. livestock board acted in secret
The Humane Society of the United States filed a formal complaint Wednesday with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture alleging that the Kentucky Livestock Care Standards Commission has violated the state’s Open Meetings Act.

US broiler production expected to decline through end 2011
U.S. broiler production is expected to decline at the end of the third quarter in 2011 and moving into the fourth quarter as reductions in the number of chicks placed for growout more than offset higher average weights, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


National Zoo employee found guilty of attempted animal cruelty
When a National Zoo employee was charged with trying to poison stray cats around her Northwest Washington apartment complex this year, she, too, turned to the powerhouse lawyer. Nico Dauphine guilty of attempted cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor. She faces a maximum of 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine and is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 21.

Why We Love Ozzy Osbourne Going Vegan
Ozzy Osbourne, the former heavy metal singer who once made headlines for eating a bat, has now declared himself a vegan. On The Talk this week, Ozzy explained to his wife and her other co-hosts about his decision:  My assistant showed me a video called Forks and Knives or something, about (cutting out) meat and dairy products, so I thought, ‘I’ll give this a shot!’

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Action Alerts


Tell Maine: Stop Pseudo-sanctuary For Solitary Elephant, Rosie
Despite pleas from Maine citizens, experts from around the world, and actor Lily Tomlin, a veterinarian is moving forward with his plan to bring a lone elephant named Rosie to live in a backyard “sanctuary” that is a anything but a refuge for this elephant. But some hurdles remain that can stop this misguided plan.
Veterinarian Jim Laurita, a long-time friend to circuses, still has to secure permits from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to keep and exhibit Rosie. While he claims to want to help her – she suffers severe arthritis – veterinarians experienced in working with elephants state that the therapies he would provide cannot overcome the ill effects of keeping Rosie confined indoors to a tiny pen for at least five months out of the year due to cold weather and snow.

ACTION

Send a message to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Help IDA assure that Dr. Laurita does not receive the permits that would allow him acquire Rosie for his backyard (literally!) pseudo-sanctuary.

Sign an online petition:

https://secure2.convio.net/ida/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=1977&autologin=true

And/Or better yet, make direct contact:

Tom Vilsack
Secretary of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
phone (202) 720-3631
fax (202) 720-2166
email: :AgSec@usda.gov

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Chandler E. Woodcock, Commissioner
41 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0041
phone (207) 287-8000
fax (207) 287-8094 or (207) 287-6395

Please go to the link below to ask Obama to crack down on puppy mills:

https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/!/petition/crack-down-puppy-mills/B9W46NCH

Support Lolita’s Retirement from Captivity
Lolita is a 42 year old captive killer whale (orca) living at the Miami Seaquarium in Florida.
Since her brutal capture in 1970, she has been kept in a tank that is illegal by the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) standards for size requirements.
Lolita is approximately 21 feet long and 7,000 pounds. Her tank is 20 feet deep at the deepest point and a mere 12 feet deep around the edges. The pool is only 35 feet wide. The Miami Seaquarium is considered to be one of the most dilapidated aquatic parks in the world. It is in need of major repairs, and per the Marine Mammal Inventory Report, has a substantial death rate for their animals.

USDA APHIS Animal Care: ace@aphis.usda.gov
USDA/APHIS/AC
4700 River Road, Unit 84
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234
Ph: 301-734-7833 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 301-734-7833 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Fax: 301-734-4978

USDA APHIS Policy and Program: aphis.web@aphis.usda.gov
Office of deputy administrator: 301-734-5136

Animal Welfare Information Center: awic@nal.usda.gov
10301 Baltimore Ave.
Beltsville, MD 20705-2351
Ph: 301-504-6212
Fax: 301-504-7125

National Marine Fisheries Services: cyber.fish@noaa.gov
NOAA Fisheries Service
1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Steve Meyers ext. 174
Brian Hooker ext. 173

NOAA
1401 Constitution Ave, NW
Room 6217
Washington, DC 20230
Ph: 202-482-6090
Fax: 202-482-3154

Mayor of Miami: tregalado@miamigov.com
Mayor Tomas P. Regalado
3500 Pan American Drive
Miami, FL 33133
Office: 305-250-5300
Fax: 305-854-4001

Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs
Robert Villar: rvillar@miamidade.gov
Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st St, 29th floor
Miami, FL 33128

Governor of Florida
Rick Scott: http://www.flgov.com/contact-gov-scott/email-the-governor/
Office of the Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida
The Capitol
400 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Ph: (850) 488-7146
Fax: (850) 487-0801

USDA: APHIS is run under the USDA. Tell the USDA to make APHIS enforce it’s own laws on space requirements of Lolita’s tank.
Secretary Ed Schafer: agsec@usda.gov
Room 200-A Whitten Building
USDA
14th and Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20250
Ph: 202-720-2791
Fax: 202-720-2166

Cindy Smith: aphis.web@aphis.usda.gov
Acting Administrator APHIS
USDA
4700 River Road, Unit 97
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234

Key Biscayne Chamber of Commerce: info@keybiscaynechamber.org
88 West Mcintyre Street 100
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Ph: 305-361-5207

Florida Senator Bill Nelson
United States Senate
716 Senate Hart Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Ph: 202-224-5274

Miami Seaquarium
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Ph: 305-361-5705

Arthur Hertz (owner of Seaquarium)
610 Fluvia Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Ph: 305-448-8525

Wometco Enterprises Inc. (Aurthur Hertz’ company that includes the Seaquarium)
3195 Ponce Deleon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
P.O. Box 141609
Ph: 305-529-1400
Fax: 305-529-1466

Donna Darm
Assistant Regional Administrator
Protected Resources Division
Nation Marine Fisheries Service
525 NE Oregon Street, Suite 500
Portland, OR 97232
OR
7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, Washington 98115

Carnival Cruises: Carnival Cruises proudly supports the Seaquarium and offers it as an excursion when it is in port. Tell them you will not support them until they stop supporting the Miami Seaquarium.
Mickey Arison (CEO)
3655 NW 87th Ave.
Miami, Florida 33178
Ph: 305-599-2600
Fax: 305-406-4700

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UW fined for monkey deaths in primate research lab
Every year, tens of thousands of monkeys are used as test subjects in labs around the country.  Schools defend such experiments as essential to the advancement of medicine. The Department of Agriculture conducts annual spot inspections of these facilities and can step in when problems are identified.  In the past five years at the University of Washington’s Primate Research Center one monkey died of malnutrition, two more were found to be kept in cages that were too small and one scientist was fined for performing an excessive number of surgeries on the same animals.

Carriage Horse Dies on 54th Street, Sparking Animal Rights Debate
A carriage horse collapsed on 54th St. in Manhattan Sunday morning, and died soon after that. The horse was walking between 8th and 9th Aves. on its way to Central Park.  Animal rights groups have quickly commented on the event and the so-called “abuse” of these animals. Elizabeth Forel, of the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages, has become one of the most outspoken people on the horse’s sudden death.  “A healthy horse doesn’t just die on the street,” Forel said. “We are asking for an investigation.”

Farm, animal rights groups align, to ire of other ag organizations
One farm group’s attempt to find common ground with an animal rights group is not winning it friends among others in agriculture.  The Nebraska Farmers Union said Tuesday it has reached an agreement with the Humane Society of the United States to develop standards and joint marketing efforts for humanely raised meat and other animal products.

Salmon-Killing Virus Seen for First Time in the Wild on the Pacific Coast
A lethal and highly contagious marine virus has been detected for the first time in wild salmon in the Pacific Northwest, researchers in British Columbia said on Monday, stirring concern that it could spread there, as it has in Chile, Scotland and elsewhere…an environmental scientist at the university who leads the sockeye study, suggested that the virus had spread from the province’s aquaculture industry, which has imported millions of Atlantic salmon eggs over the last 25 years, primarily from Iceland and Scandinavia. The virus could have “a devastating impact” not just on the region’s farmed and wild salmon but on the many species that depend on them in the food web, like grizzly bears, killer whales and wolves.

Zoo director fights for strict rules on keeping wild animals in Michigan
As authorities hunted down exotic animals Wednesday in Ohio, Detroit Zoo Director Ron Kagan headed to Lansing to argue against a proposed change in Michigan law that he believes would relax regulations on keeping wild animals in the state.  “This is an unfortunate coincidence,” he said. “But I obviously feel (that) since we’ve rescued so many of these (types of) animals from terrible situations, we need to protect the public, and we need to protect the welfare of individual animals.”

State Senator to Introduce Exotic Animal Law
After the release of many exotic animals in Ohio, we learned the state has some of the nation’s weakest restrictions on exotic pets. State Senator David Thomas said Thursday he would reintroduce an exotic animal bill he has sponsored in previous sessions. Thomas says his measure would limit the importation and sale of non-indigenous animals.

Vegan: no longer an experiment
Three months of eating vegan has given me more energy, I sleep better and I believe I can focus better on work. That alone makes it feel like veganism is this little secret I stumbled across, making me wonder why it seems no one is really talking much about the benefits of the lifestyle.  On Oct. 2, my husband, Colin, and I went out to breakfast. It was there, over non-vegan pancakes and eggs, that we both said, “I can’t do this.”


Loving the Chambered Nautilus to Death
Scientists say, humans are loving the chambered nautilus to death, throwing its very existence into danger.
“A horrendous slaughter is going on out here,” said Peter D. Ward, a biologist from the University of Washington, during a recent census of the marine creature in the Philippines. “They’re nearly wiped out.”
The culprit? Growing sales of jewelry and ornaments derived from the lustrous shell. To satisfy the worldwide demand, fishermen have been killing the nautilus by the millions, scientists fear.

Should you get rid of your cat if you’re pregnant?
Actors Chris Pratt and Anna Faris gave away their 19-year-old incontinent cat Bella because they were worried it would affect a future pregnancy.  Pratt and Faris are far from the only couple to ditch a cat or dog because of concerns over how it would fit in with pregnancy and a baby.

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Urge Endangered Species Status for All Chimps

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was created to protect ecosystems and animals at risk of extinction by restricting their trade and use, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is charged with upholding the integrity of this law. The agency is currently being challenged by groups including the Humane Society of the U.S. and the Jane Goodall Institute, regarding its controversial split-listing of chimpanzees, in which wild chimps are classified as endangered, while those in captivity are listed only as threatened. This lower classification has allowed the continued use and exploitation of captive chimpanzees in research and entertainment.

Today, approximately 2,000 chimpanzees live in captivity in the U.S., half of whom are privately owned either as pets or as part of the entertainment industry, while the other half are used in research, most of it government funded. Amplifying the suffering associated with captivity, a study earlier this year found that “captivity itself may be fundamental as a causal factor in the presence of persistent, low-level, abnormal behavior—and potentially more extreme levels in some individuals.” Thankfully, though, use of chimpanzees in research has been on the decline, and pharmaceutical companies like GlaxoSmithKline and Genentech have stopped using these animals to test their drugs, negating any justification to keep them laboratories. In fact, Genetech’s Theresa Reynolds, Director of Drug Safety Assessment, said, “With advances in technology, chimps are no longer necessary” for developing high-tech drugs. With the exception of the African nation of Gabon, the U.S. is the only country still using chimpanzees in invasive research.

Highlighting another concern, studies have shown that the use of chimpanzees in entertainment contributes to the mistaken belief that chimps are not in danger of extinction, which undermines conservation efforts. Over the past two decades, wild chimpanzee populations have declined 60 percent, and today there are only 175,000-300,000 chimps left in the wild.

Because the ESA prohibits the harmful use of animals in danger of extinction, endangered species classification for all chimpanzees could help end the use of chimps in entertainment and research.

Your Urgent Action is Needed
The FWS is accepting public comments on this issue through the Federal Register. Please help to protect chimpanzees in the wild and captivity by asking the FWS to classify captive chimpanzees as endangered, recognizing the reality that all chimps need protection. The letter below can be used as a guide, or copy and paste the letter, adding your own personal thoughts and concerns to your comments. When you click on ‘Submit your comments,’ you will be redirected to the Federal Register website. The deadline to comment is October 31.

http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FWS-R9-ES-2010-0086-0001

Protest the Use of Mounted Police at Times Square Occupy Wall Street Event
On Saturday, October 15, 2011, activists with the Occupy Wall Street campaign moved demonstrators into the Time Square area for a peceful protest. This peaceful protest was met by an excessive response by the NYPD, who ordered in the mounted police.
Even though the horses of the mounted police are trained to deal with crowds and noise, it had to have been extremely stressful to introduce them into that chaotic situation. Take a look at the videos and you will see what we mean.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-3j8iYd3ja4 <http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-3j8iYd3ja4>
The next video shows the scene from a different perspective. This one was shot from a closer perspective. This is what the person who videoed had to say: Mark Heasley i was in times square when this happnened. it was horrible. the NYPD were using the horses as weapons, physically pushing the protesters back so the NYPD could set up metal barricades. the protesters were horrified that the police were using the horses in this way. at least 1 protester had his foot stepped on. here is the same incident from a different/closer angle:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cl1PE2bVqgM <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cl1PE2bVqgM>

The police used the horses as weapons. What is amazing is that there werent more injuries to either horses or people. In one video you can see how close one horse came to spooking. Horses do not belong in those conditions.
The horses (not to mention the protesters) need your help. Please make the following contacts starting immediately to demand that the NYPD not send the horses into such a dangerous and volatile situation. This is nothing short of animal cruelty. While you are at it remind everyone that the protesters have a right to freedom of speech and assembly. Remind them that they are not criminals but rather people who want to make the world a better place. They have the right to be treated with respect and dignity, not violence.
PLEASE CALL OR WRITE REPEATEDLY TO MAKE SURE WE ARE HEARD!

Contact:

Raymond Kelly, Chief of Police
NYPD
One Police Plaza
New York, NY 10038

NYPD Switchboard: (646) 610-5000
Crime Stopper Tip Line: Call 1-800-577-TIPS (8477)

On Line Contact Form:
http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/mailnypd.html <http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/mailnypd.html>

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
City Hall
New York, NY
10007
PHONE 311 (or 212-NEW-YORK outside NYC)
FAX (212) 312-0700

e-mail/on-line form: http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/mayor.html <http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/mayor.html>
e-mail: mbloomberg@cityhall.nyc.gov

Christine Quinn
Speaker City Council
224 West 30th St. (Suite 1206)
New York , NY 10001

(212) 564-7757
or
(212) 788-7210
e-mail: quinn@council.nyc.gov
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/christinecquinn <http://www.facebook.com/christinecquinn>

For more information, contact Win Animal Rights (W.A.R.) at: winanimalrights@optonline.net

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Army to stop animal nerve-agent tests
Bowing to pressure from animal rights groups and a congressman, the U.S. Army said it would phase out a program of testing nerve agents on animals.  At Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County, Md., the Army has been injecting monkeys with a nerve-blocking drug meant to create symptoms of a nerve gas attack to train Army personnel how to respond to a chemical attack on troops.

Ivies investigated for animal mistreatment
The report found that only Columbia University had a lower Research Misconduct Score than Dartmouth, and that Columbia and Dartmouth are the only two schools in the Ivy League to have no repeat violations of USDA regulations on animal testing. The study found that no Ivy League school had a “good track record” in respect to adherence to the Animal Welfare Act. According to the study, Dartmouth had 27 violations over the three-year period, three of which were considered “severe.”

Maryland Clean Bay Power project seeks animal waste-to-energy proposals
The state of Maryland is looking to buy electricity generated from animal waste.  Poultry litter or livestock manure are the types of waste the state is hoping will be used in the Clean Bay Power project. Those interested in providing animal-waste energy must be able to generate up to 10 megawatts, be directly connected to the regional electricity grid and start supplying power to the state by Dec. 31, 2015.

Vegetarian diet may help children stay fit, avoid obesity
With the poor quality of many of today’s conventional meat products, a vegetarian diet just might be an appropriate fit for some modern children, one of three that are now overweight in the US.  A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that people of all ages, including children, that adhere to a vegetarian diet generally have lower average body mass indexes (BMI) than others, and are generally leaner than their meat-eating counterparts.

Is That Cupcake Vegan or Just Butter- and Egg-Free?
Vegan bakers—who eschew milk, eggs, butter, and honey—took first-place honors twice on the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” television series. A vegan bakery recently opened at Walt Disney World. Vegan bakeries have evolved into fast-growing businesses.  All this success ought to be giving vegan baking a good name.  The problem: Some vegan bakeries don’t flaunt their identity for fear of scaring off customers.

Zoned-out rats may give clue to consciousness
Human minds wander when they have nothing else to do. This is when people start to introspect, using a specific network of brain structures. The same network has now been identified in monkeys and rats, suggesting that “zoning out” might serve a key function in our survival. The findings raise questions over whether lower animals might also be capable of something akin to introspection.

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Tell NIH to Stop Funding the Ivy League’s Lab Animal Abuse
In a recent report, Ivy League universities were taken to task for their severe AWA violations. At the University of Pennsylvania, a newborn puppy was found dead under a grate. At Harvard University, a monkey went through a blisteringly hot cage washer. Princeton University, another frequent offender, was found to have a pattern of depriving monkeys of water. These are just a few of the many examples of lack of animal care at the Ivy League universities.  Despite their frequent violations of the Animal Welfare Act, the Ivy League universities still receive millions of dollars in NIH funding for animal experiments each year. This gives them no incentive to meet even the basic standards set forth by the AWA.  When fines for AWA violations amount to no more than a few thousand dollars and are rarely levied, research institutions are not held accountable for their egregious animal negligence. Please force these institutions to take animal care seriously by halting the funding of animal experiments at schools that repeatedly fail to meet AWA requirements, starting immediately with the Ivy League.

ACTION

Take a minute to let Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director of the National Institutes of Health, know that you want NIH to immediately halt the funding of animal experiments at Ivy League schools.

Francis Collins
Director
National Institutes of Health
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
phone (301) 496-4000
email: NIHinfo@od.nih.gov

Tell Nordstrom to STOP selling fur!
Nordstrom is a fourth generation family business that has a solid customer service reputation, and a name that evokes a sense of responsibility and success. Why then does the Nordstrom Family continue to sully its reputation with ties to the fur industry?  Every year over 50 million wild animals are killed for fur.
Nordstrom has made some important steps in the right direction, giving up their fur salons and removing fur from their private label. Now it is time for the family company to get rid of fur altogether.  Help Nordstrom make the right choice by speaking up when shopping at Nordstrom. Please politely tell their associates: “Please stop selling fur.” Ask for a comment card on which you can write the same sentiment.

CONTACT:

Nordstrom Corporate Offices
President Blake Nordstrom
1700 Seventh Avenue, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98101
phone (206) 373-4331
phone (888) 282-6060
Email Contact https://secure.nordstrom.com/services/merchandiseinquiry.asp

Stop Plans to Kill California Sea Lions in Washington and Oregon
Sea lions are a natural predator of salmon, and the states of Oregon and Washington want to kill them for it. Dams block the passage of the fish, and their habitat has been badly damaged. To please sport fishermen, the states continue to stock non-native fish that eat millions of juvenile salmon in the Columbia River each year. They also permit fishermen to take many times more salmon than sea lions eat.  But sea lions are in their gunsights because they’re an easy scapegoat. Though The Humane Society of the United States won a legal battle in the past to stop the killing, the states are again seeking permission to shoot sea lions. The federal government may grant a permit to kill close to 100 of them each year at Bonneville Dam. We need your help to stop it.

Contact:

NOAA Pacific Northwest
7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115-0070
phone (503) 230-5400
fax (206) 526-6865

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