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

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