Action Alerts

Ask the USDA to Hold Convance Accountable for Animal Abuse
Covance Research Products, headquartered in Princeton (NJ), is the target of multiple Official Complaints filed with the USDA by Research Watchdog Group SAEN, (Stop Animal Exploitation Now).
The complaints allege that multiple violations of the Animal Welfare Act in Covance facilities in Pennsylvania and Texas led directly to the deaths and injuries of primates and rabbits.
Recently obtained federal reports reveal that the Covance facility in Denver (PA) boiled a rabbit alive in a cage washer.  According to a USDA inspection report dated 7-21-11 a rabbit was found dead inside the cage washing apparatus, which sterilizes cages with hot water.
Records obtained from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), reveal that several primates shipped by Covance had to be euthanized upon arrival or shortly thereafter, while others had a history of traumatic injuries.

Please contact Elizabeth Goldentyre to demand that Covance Research receive the largest fine possible under the Animal Welfare Act for the negligence which boiled a rabbit alive.

Dr. Elizabeth Goldentyer
USDA/APHIS/AC
920 Main Campus Drive, Suite 2000
Raleigh, NC 27606
Betty.J.Goldentyer@usda.gov

AND

Please contact Dr. Gibbens and demand that he take immediate action against the Covance Research Products facility of Alice Texas for the deaths and traumatic injuries of multiple primates.

Dr. Robert Gibbens
Director, Western Region
USDA/APHIS/AC
2150 Center Ave.
Building B, Mailstop 3W11
Fort Collins, CO 80526-8117
Robert.M.Gibbens@usda.gov

Reid Park Zoo Elephant Friends Need Your Help More Than Ever
Connie and Shaba have been together at the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson since 1982 when Connie was 15 and Shaba was just 2. They have been deeply bonded since the day they were first brought together.
The zoo plans to send Asian elephant Connie to the San Diego Zoo. It will bring a group of African elephants (a bull and two females with calves) to the Reid Park Zoo from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and try to integrate Shaba with them. There is no guarantee that she will integrate with the group; if not, Shaba would be moved to another zoo. There is also a chance that she could be injured during the introduction process; just last week one elephant attacked and killed another elephant at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
Keep these elephants together!

Contact:

Mayor Bob Walkup
City Hall
255 West Alameda Street
Tucson, Arizona 85701
phone (520) 791-4201
E-Mail: mayor1@tucsonaz.gov

Tucson City Council Members
c/o City Clerk
P.O. Box 27210
Tucson, AZ 85726-7210
email: cityclerk@tucsonaz.gov
phone (520) 791-4213

Urge Congressional Representatives and Senators to SPONSOR and SUPPORT passage of the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act, H.R. 3359.

Contact your U.S. Senators
http://www.senate.gov

Contact your U.S. Representative
http://www.house.gov

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
The bill will effectively end the use of wild animals in traveling circuses in the United States. This is tightly targeted to exotic and non-domesticated species in traveling circuses – it does not affect zoos, rodeos, or static shows, or facilities where the animals live in permanent accommodation and travel out for film or television – these are exempt provided there is no live public exhibition involved. When animals are transported, they cannot be traveled for more than 12 hours at a time, and if they are to be taken to be used in a show, they must not have been used for the previous 15 day period. This removes the option to keep these animals constantly traveling around the US for months at a time. This has been carefully constructed to deal with the most egregious cases and is intended to be a progressive step.

News of Note

Returning to Meat: Who is Doing It, How it Happens, and What This Means for the Veg’n Movement
Since veganism is a lifestyle intertwined with diet, I proposed that our ex-members would have particularly interesting stories to tell. I hope that this blog can serve as a catalyst for future research in this area. The more we know about the intricacies of our movement, and the more questions we have answered, the better our chances of building a sustainable presence in the community, thus framing veganism as an accessible and sustainable option

40 beagles rescued from animal testing at Spain laboratory
Some dogs rescued from an animal testing lab in Spain are in desperate need of a good home. The beagles arrived Wednesday night at LAX.  Forty purebred beagles were rescued thanks to the Beagle Freedom Project.  “The lab was closing and either they were going to kill the dogs or somebody needed to make a commitment to get them out,” said Shannon Keith from the Beagle Freedom Project.

After outbreak, egg mogul is leaving the industry
A ruthless businessman who built one of the nation’s largest egg production operations from scratch even as he racked up environmental and labor violations is getting out of the business in disgrace after one scandal was too much to overcome: a nationwide salmonella outbreak caused by his products.

Feds Sue Magic Valley Dairy over Drug Issues
The FDA asked for a court order to stop Idaho’s G&H Dairy from selling cows for slaughter that are tainted with elevated levels of antibiotic residue. In a lawsuit, the agency said the dairy company’s violation of food safety standards dates to 2009.

Animal rights group complains of injured monkeys at Alice research supplier
A group that opposes laboratory research on animals filed a complaint Monday with federal regulators alleging mistreatment of monkeys at a drug development company’s facility in Alice.  The group, Stop Animal Exploitation Now, cited records from the University of California in San Francisco showing that primates shipped from the facility arrived with injuries including muscle wasting, missing fingers and damaged ears.

Novo Nordisk B : Novo Nordisk reaches a milestone in animal testing
Novo Nordisk will no longer use living animals to test the quality of the batches of medicine coming out of Novo Nordisk’s production lines. Live animals that have been used in these biological product control tests include mice, rats, guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits. Over the years, the number of animals used in this area has been gradually reduced from more than 13,000 animals a year in the 90s, to 2,078 animals in 2000 and to 772 animals in 2010. The last living animals are used for a virus control on 28 November 2011, and in 2012 the number of biological product control tests performed on living animals will be zero.


New Mad Cow Disease Form Shows up in Two Swiss Cows
In routine tests, two cows in Switzerland tested positive for a previously unknown form of bovine spongiform encephalopathy. Researchers fear that tests may be missing other BSE variants that could cause human illness.

Bee “fence” keeps elephants and people safely apart
British scientist Lucy King received an award for discovering that 90% of elephants are deterred by the sound of bees, and they warn other elephants when they encounter the bees’ buzzing. Her team placed beehives on fences surrounding crops, deterring elephants from entering areas frequented by people. Conflicts between farmers and elephants have sometimes ended in the injury or death of both elephants and humans.

Second dead giraffe at Vancouver zoo
The second giraffe in a week to die at the Greater Vancouver Zoo was expecting a calf, but the facility says the death was not related to the pregnancy.  Eleah, a 23-year-old giraffe, was found dead by zoo staff on Saturday around 7:30 a.m. in her heated barn. Her nearly four-year-old calf, Amryn, died just five days earlier.  Burton says that giraffes can be sensitive to the cold winter weather in B.C., even if they are born locally.  “Giraffes raised in northern climates are very sensitive to being underfed, and they do need to have a special diet,” he said.

Fort Worth court says pets worth more than market value
A state appeals court in Fort Worth ruled for the first time that a pet’s value is greater than its price tag.  It has sentimental value as well.  “Dogs are unconditionally devoted to their owners,” says the ruling from the Texas 2nd Court of Appeals. “We interpret timeworn Supreme Court law … to acknowledge that the special value of ‘man’s best friend’ should be protected.”

Many veterinarians refuse to perform pet ‘modification’
It’s nothing new really – changing a pet to make it a ‘better,’ more ‘appealing,’ or happier companion.  Veterinary medicine for years has offered clients surgical procedures to take care of behavioral and cosmetic issues – but many veterinarians are now refusing to perform such procedures, citing ethics and prevention of cruelty as their reasons.

House protects pizza as a vegetable
The House of Representatives dealt a blow to childhood obesity warriors on Thursday by passing a bill that abandons proposals that threatened to end the reign of pizza and French fries on federally funded school lunch menus.  The action is a win for the makers of frozen French fries and pizza and comes just weeks after the deep-pocketed food, beverage and restaurant industries successfully weakened government proposals for voluntary food marketing guidelines to children.

Cornell veterinarian develops a canine emergency simulator
Cornell veterinarian Dan Fletcher developed a robotic canine equipped with moving lungs, accurate and changeable heart and lung sounds, and vascular access to provide students with realistic simulations of clinical situations. Dr. Fletcher uses the simulator to teach students and has trained veterinarians in the U.S. and abroad; he is collaborating with others to develop the best, most affordable model.

Study will identify risk patterns for deer-car collisions
In an effort to prevent collisions between deer and cars, California’s Department of Fish and Game and University of California, Davis, will outfit deer with GPS collars and track their movements for six months. The information will be used to track deer movements to identify high-traffic areas and grazing patterns

Action Alerts

Tell the University of Washington to End Use of Animals in Pediatrics Residency Program
Tell University of Washington president Michael Young to replace the use of ferrets and rabbits in the school of medicine’s pediatrics residency program with validated human-based training methods. We have provided text for you, but if you decide to write your own message, please be polite and encouraging.
Contact:

Michael Young
President, University of Washington
301 Gerberding Hall
Box 351230
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone (206) 543-5010
email: pres@uw.edu
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Here are some talking points:

Please replace the use of animals in UW’s pediatrics residency program.
Anatomical and physiological differences between ferrets and rabbits and humans render this type of training inferior.
UW is part of a shrinking minority of pediatrics residencies (six percent) that still use live animals for training.
High-fidelity simulators such as Gaumard’s Premie HAL and PREMIE Blue accurately replicate the airway of a premature newborn and allow for data collection.
UW already has a state-of-the-art simulation center that can easily provide nonanimal training methods.

Support Grazing Permit Retirement Bill
H.R. 3432, the Rural Economic Vitalization Act (REVA), was introduced by Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA-9th) in the U.S. House of Representatives on November 16, 2011.
This important bill is being hailed by conservationists as it would allow federal grazing permittees to voluntarily relinquish their grazing permits back to the management agency in exchange for third-party compensation. The goal of REVA is to help wildlife and wild lands while also helping family farmers, ranchers, and U.S. taxpayers.
Current antiquated federal law generally prohibits the closing of grazing allotments to benefit fish, wildlife, and watersheds. The Rural Economic Vitalization Act (REVA) would authorize federal agencies to permantly retire grazing permits if requested by ranchers. As BFC policy coordinator Josh Osher states, “Bison are hazed, captured, shot, and slaughtered to protect grazing interests on public land in Yellowstone country, and REVA is the tool we need to finally, permanently address many of these conflicts.”

ACTION

Urge your House Representative to cosponsor H.R. 3432, the Rural Economic Vitalization Act, and please ask your Senators to support a companion bill in the U.S. Senate.

Contact your U.S. Senators
http://www.senate.gov/

Contact your U.S. Representative
http://www.house.gov/

Petition for the right NOT to eat animals in French schools

[Ed. Note: Read more... France: Two official documents enforce the consumption of animal products in schools (15 Oct 2011)]

FROM Initiative Citoyenne pour les Droits des Végétariens

ACTION

Two recent governmental documents were issued by the French government banning the use of “alternatives” to meat and dairy products in school cafeterias.

Sign the online petition and then forward this alert to your contacts:
http://petition.icdv.info/en

Can You Spare a Few Minutes to Be The Voice of Homeless Companion Animals?
Join the Grassroots Campaign and be a Save Washington Pets Legislative Supporter or Captain in Your District!

News of Note

McDonald’s, Target Dump Egg Supplier After Investigation
McDonald’s will be looking for a new source of eggs for many of its hugely popular Egg McMuffins.
The fast food company says it “will no longer accept” eggs from one of the country’s biggest egg companies, Sparboe Farms.  Undercover video taken over the summer inside Sparboe facilities in three states by an animal rights group, Mercy for Animals, that appears to show unsanitary conditions and repeated acts of animal cruelty was cited Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration for “significant…and serious violations” in the production of eggs.  Late Friday, another major retailer, Target, said it too had not only dumped Sparboe as an supplier, but was pulling its eggs off the shelves immediately.

Clearing the way to re-start horse slaughter in the U.S.
Advocates of horse slaughter as a way to manage horse populations, particularly on reservation lands and fragile grasslands, were cheering passage Monday night of a conference report on an appropriations bill for the U.S. Department of Agriculture that for the first time since 2005 does not contain a rider that prevents the USDA from providing inspections of horse meat for human consumption at processing facilities.

USDA Brings HSUS to the Table
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack is dismissing the suggestion that USDA takes its cues on animal welfare exclusively from the Humane Society of the United States.  Agri-Pulse obtained a copy of an internal USDA memo that recommends HSUS and other welfare advocacy groups be allowed to set the agenda for a proposed animal welfare scientific forum.  No mention is made of asking any agricultural organization or ag scientist for assistance in planning the meeting.  The omission has angered animal ag stakeholders.

Chimps Play Like Humans: Playful Behavior of Young Chimps Develops Like That of Children
Playful behavior is widespread in mammals, and has important developmental consequences. A recent study of young chimpanzees shows that these animals play and develop much the same way as human children.

Wildlife monitors says Asian gecko at risk after claims it can cure AIDS spark trade boom
Claims that a nocturnal Asian lizard can be used to help treat the HIV virus have led to a sharp boom in smuggling of the reptile, putting it at risk, a conservation group said Tuesday.  Demand for the Tokay Gecko has skyrocketed in recent years after online blogs, newspaper articles and wildlife traders extolled the consumption of the lizard’s tongue and internal organs as a miracle cure for HIV, TRAFFIC Southeast Asia said in a report.

Two dolphins who died after two-day techno party at marine park ‘were fed drugs by ravers’
Furious animal activists say they warned both the marine park and local planners – who gave permission for the rave – of the dangers before the event.  They had been concerned that the high levels of noise could damage the marine mammals sensitive sonar and hearing and harm their delicate immune system. ‘At this stage we don’t know whether they were poisoned or bludgeoned to death by the noise. But one thing is certain – two healthy dolphins don’t die within hours of each other for nothing,’ said one campaigner.

Animal rights group releases commercial about University
In a press release sent out early Tuesday morning, the animal rights activist group Stop Animal Exploitation Now! expressed its intent to air a commercial that would shed negative light on the University’s experimentation practices regarding nonhuman primates.

African elephant dies at Safari Park, possibly in attack by another
The 21-year-old elephant named Umoya was found lying on the ground Thursday morning with severe injuries and died before keepers could arrive to offer help. A post-mortem examination is expected to determine the cause of death.   Umoya was one of seven elephants brought in 2003 from the African nation of Swaziland to the Safari Park, which was then called the Wild Animal Park. The park has 18 elephants.

UW vet works to save horse
It wasn’t long ago when Tiger was a handsome gelding 16 hands high and presumably with a future as a race horse.  But after he failed to win on the track, he was left to starve on an Illinois farm before rescuers stepped in late last month and tried to save him.

Doing the Ethical Thing May Be Right, but It Isn’t Automatic
As much as we would like to think that, put on the spot, we would do the right — and perhaps even heroic — thing, research has shown that that usually isn’t true.  “People are routinely more willing to be critical of others’ ethics than of their own.

Hearty Holiday Main Courses for Vegans
A vegan chef, Chloe Coscarelli, offers hearty vegetarian dishes packed with protein for diners who want to skip the turkey main course.

Sierra Club Leader Will Step Down
Mr. Pope, 66, stepped down as executive director last year after 17 years, turning the job over to Michael Brune, 40, who came to the Sierra Club from the Rainforest Action Network and Greenpeace, younger and politically more aggressive groups. Mr. Pope has held the title of chairman since Mr. Brune arrived and will remain a consultant to the club until the end of next year.

Action Alerts

Please support ban on wild animals in the circus

A bill has been introduced into the House of Representatives that bans wild animals in traveling circuses – about time!!!  This is HUGE and will end such profound suffering.  Your representative needs to hear from YOU, their constituent, that you want him/her to support the bill.

Here is how to find your representative and their e-mail address:

http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

You can simply copy/paste this into the subject line: I support HR 3559 – no wild animals in circuses. Include your address so they know you’re a constituent. You can write more if you choose but please do it!

Here is a short article to give you more details:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marc-bekoff/wild-animals-do-not-belon_b_1081479.html?ref=email_share

Tell SeaWorld CEOs to Start Planning the Release of Orcas
Contact Blackstone Group—the company that owns SeaWorld—and ask that it immediately set in place a firm and rapid plan to release the animals to sanctuaries that can provide them with an appropriate and more natural environment.
The only thing that people learn from visiting a SeaWorld theme park is how miserable life is for the animals confined there.

Contact:

Hamilton James
President & CEO, The Blackstone Group
345 Park Avenue, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10154
phone (212) 583-5000
fax (212) 583-5712
BlackstoneInvestorRelations@blackstone.com

Save grizzly bears from a destructive mine

Urge the U.S. Forest Service to reject the Montanore Mine. In northwest Montana, a small, isolated population of 30 to 40 grizzly bears hovers on the brink of extinction. Their habitat is already fragmented by roads and development, and the proposed Montanore Mine could destroy what little grizzly habitat is left.

Lynn Hagerty
Kootenai National Forest
Supervisor’s Office
31374 US Highway 2
Libby, MT 59923-3022
(406) 293-6211

Online email form:

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

I request that the Forest Service deny the permit for the proposed Montanore Mine. All of the “action alternatives” in the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement are incompatible with the survival of the threatened grizzly in the Cabinet Yaak Ecosystem. The Forest Service should restore and protect essential habitat so this endangered population can recover, rather than allow for additional harmful development.

The Cabinet Yaak grizzly is one of only five populations remaining in the lower 48 states, where grizzlies have been eliminated across 99% of their former range over the last two hundred years. This population is especially important since it lies in a critical ecological corridor between Yellowstone and healthier grizzly populations in Canada.

Under the Endangered Species Act, the Kootenai National Forest has a fundamental duty to protect all listed species and their habitat from harm. Permitting this disastrous project would violate those requirements.

Instead of approving this mine, I request that the Kootenai National Forest move swiftly to substantially reduce road densities, restore degraded habitat, and increase essential habitat throughout the Cabinet Yaak Ecosystem. In addition, I urge you to redouble your efforts to reduce human-caused mortalities in order to save this beleaguered grizzly population from extinction.

Thank you for the opportunity to submit comments on this important issue.

News of Note

Chimps may be out as lab animals, pets
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is contemplating classifying all chimps, captive or wild, as endangered. The agency is collecting opinions from the scientific and medical-research community, private industry and the public on whether such a change is warranted.  If all chimps gain that protection, the estimated 1,000 chimps held by U.S. private and government labs could no longer be used in medical testing. They also would be barred from use by the entertainment industry, and forbidden from being kept in private zoos or as personal pets.

US circuses circle wagons against elephants law
US circuses are circling the wagons against a proposed law in Congress that would ban using elephants under the big top, a tradition that animal rights activists say causes terrible suffering.  The bill, introduced this month in the House of Representatives by Virginia Congressman Jim Moran, aims directly at traveling circuses by seeking to outlaw exotic or wild animals from performances if they have been traveling within the previous 15 days.  That would mean an end to the days of elephants balancing on stools, tigers and lions jumping through fiery hoops, monkeys on wheels, or other popular staples of the ring.

Calif animal welfare laws evolve, face challenge
Since then, the California legislature has passed or altered 30 laws to improve the lives of animals — from sharks to dairy cattle, even animals hunted for sport. And it has banned the butchering of downer livestock — animals too sick or too weak to walk — a measure the justices seem inclined to overturn.  With a hand in nearly all of it is Jennifer Fearing, the animal group’s Harvard-educated California state director who guided Prop 2 to victory then asked to stay on. In three years since moving from Washington DC, she has channeled an election about chicken rights into a successful series of HSUS-directed policy changes that have made the Golden State a U.S. leader in animal welfare legislation.  “Of all the animal organizations, HSUS has the money and the political savvy to be problematic for my clients going forward,” said Michael Boccadoro, a poultry industry lobbyist.

Toronto Zoo separating two gay penguins in hopes they mate
Two penguins who appear to be in love are being separated by officials at the Toronto Zoo.  Zoo officials tell Global News that the penguins are being separated and put with a potential mate because the penguins are endangered and part of a breeding program.  Animal rights activists though believe the animals shouldn’t be separated. Barry Kent MacKay, Director of ZooCheck and the Canadian representative of Born Free U.S.A., says “Its treating them like numbers rather than individual animals with their individual self-interest and needs… and if these two penguins get along with each other, then so be it.”

Soy Diet Is Cruel and Unusual, Florida Inmate Claims
A Florida inmate is suing the Department of Corrections, arguing that the prison’s soy-based turkey dogs and sloppy Joes amount to cruel and unusual punishment.   Gretl Plessinger, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Corrections, said inmates can choose an alternative vegan meal if they do not want soy. “We have a constitutional obligation to feed them healthy, nutritious food, but we don’t have an obligation to feed them beef,” she said.

The Rising Cost of Companionship
Mounting pet costs come at a time when many pets are being abandoned and left in the streets. In south-central Idaho, it’s not uncommon to find shelters filled to capacity with abandoned animals.  “Really, it’s the lucky ones getting pampered,” said Debbie Blackwood, director of the Twin Falls Animal Shelter. “It’s alarming the number of owners getting rid of their animals.”

Protection for the Ocean Food Chain
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, representing 15 eastern states and the federal government, has now moved to protect the menhaden.  This is a victory for consumers and for conservationists like the Pew Environment Group, which for years has been sounding alarms about the menhaden’s decline and its consequences for the ocean ecosystem. The only possible loser is Omega Protein, a Virginia-based company that catches several hundred million pounds of menhaden a year along the Atlantic Seaboard — about 80 percent of the total catch — then grinds them up for fertilizer and feed for livestock on factory farms.


Only 51% of Americans Adamantly have “No Problem” Eating Meat & Dairy
The study’s analysis notes that 51 percent strongly agree that they have “no problem” eating meat and dairy. It’s still a majority, but the number is down a full 12 percent since 2007. The trend suggests that by 2012, less than a majority of consumers will strongly agree that eating animals or animal products is okay. Are Americans getting ready to let their vegan flag fly? Maybe not, but it’s promising that consumers are even thinking about the question carefully.

Can You Bake a Vegan Pie?
Perhaps more than any other holiday, Thanksgiving is associated with warm home-baked pies. For many vegetarian diners who don’t eat dairy or eggs, though, the holiday pie is off limits. But home cooks will soon discover that they don’t have to sacrifice flavor when baking a vegan pie. Traditional fruit-pie fillings often meet the requirements of a vegan diet anyway; mashed bananas, silken tofu and almond milk add plenty of creaminess to a pudding or cream pie. And traditional pie makers will be wowed by the flavor and flakiness of an olive-oil crust.

Monkey calls give clues to language origins
Scientists may be a step closer to understanding the origins of human language.  Two studies suggest that the ability to combine sounds and words to alter meaning may be rooted in a species of monkey. A team found the Campbell’s monkey can add a simple sound to its alarm calls to create new ones and then combine them to convey even more information

Future Farmers Look Ahead
Although the nation has shifted ever further from its agrarian roots, the organization is thriving. Begun 83 years ago and now known simply as the F.F.A., it is the largest vocational student group in the country, with more than half a million members and still growing.

While Staying Alert to Hunting Dangers Beware of Anti Hunting Groups
While hunting can have unexpected dangers such as tripping over roots and rocks as you trek, the real dangers facing hunters these days is the animal rights lobby who are trying to stop hunting and trapping all together.  While you’ve been hunting and scouting for deer or other animals, these groups have been scheming, developing, and working to pass legislation, and to win political favors and public opinion, to prevent you from ever hunting again.

Action Alerts

Help Chimpanzees Today – Contact Senator Murray
Chimpanzees need your help now more than ever. Your U.S. Senator, Patty Murray, is co-chair of the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction (“super-committee”) that has been tasked with finding more than a trillion dollars to cut from the budget over the next 10 years. We believe we can help. PCRM is pushing Sen. Murray to include language in the super-committee agreement from the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (S.810), a bill that permanently ends chimpanzee experimentation in the United States and retires all chimpanzees currently in U.S. labs to sanctuary.

she needs to know that her constituents care enough to sit down and write their own letter.

Please send a letter to Sen. Murray’s Washington, D.C., office. You can also follow up with a phone call:

Senator Patty Murray
48 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-2621
Fax: 202-224-0238

In your letter, it’s important to explain why you think chimpanzee experimentation should end and include the following talking points as a guide.

As a Washington voter, I am writing to ask that you include language in the Joint Deficit Agreement that would end chimpanzee experiments.
Ending chimpanzee experiments will save one-third of 1 billion taxpayer dollars over the next decade.
Government-owned chimpanzees in laboratories cost an average of $51 per day. At the federal sanctuary the cost is $32 per day for higher quality care.
The United States is the last country in the world that permits large-scale confinement of chimpanzees in laboratories and their use in invasive research.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require chimpanzee data to approve vaccines or therapies. In fact, two hepatitis C therapies were recently approved by the FDA without the use of chimpanzees.
Chimpanzees suffer much like human victims of traumatic experiences.
Ending chimpanzee experiments is pro-science. Tax dollars would be better spent on ethical and effective alternatives.
Continuing to fund research on great apes is something that Democrats and Republicans agree is a waste of taxpayers’ money and offers little human health benefits.
The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (S.810) has broad-based bipartisan support. The 111th Congress saw more than 160 Members of Congress support this proposal, and legislation is again gaining momentum in the 112th Congress.

Motivate Congress To Cut the Deficit and Save $1 Billion By Helping Animals Now!
Tell your Congressional Representatives to cut the deficit by protecting animals:
- End warehousing of chimpanzees in federally-funded laboratories – save $300 million!
- Eliminate the need to feed thousands of wild horses in government holding pens by using            immunocontraception rather than round-ups and removals – save $172 million!
- Replace animal testing procedures with dramatically more efficient methods – save $500 million!
- Reduce government subsidies of inefficient and inhumane lethal predator control – save $110 million!

Contact your U.S. Representative
http://www.house.gov/

Contact your U.S. Senators
http://www.senate.gov/

Ask Seattle City Council to help Elephants

Please write just a line, or two, or more asking Seattle’s City Council to overrule Woodland Park Zoo management and Board.
As them to show the same leadership as the Toronto City Council (see our press release below).  They need to make a science-based decision and summon their compassion and common sense to call for the release of Bamboo, Chai and Watoto to the 2,700 acre Elephant Sanctuary in TN.
Please write. Even one line will do.