Action Alerts


Tell NRDC there is no such thing as “sustainable seafood”
NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) is promoting “sustainable seafood” on their website. Use your own words to let them know that “defending” natural resources cannot include cruelty to sea life and destructive fishing methods that are killing our waters.

It has been estimated that 20 billion sea animals are killed each year for human consumption. That’s 20 BILLION.

Natural Resources Defense Council
40 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
phone (212) 727-2700
fax (212) 727-1773
nrdcaction@nrdc.org

http://www.facebook.com/nrdc.org

Tell the USDA to hold Harvard accountable for animal abuse
Please contact Elizabeth Goldentyer to demand that Harvard Medical School receive the largest fine possible under the Animal Welfare Act for the negligence which killed a monkey during an imaging procedure.

This is the third time in 1 1/2 years that negligence at the Medical School has killed a primate. During the same time period Harvard University negligence killed a goat, and negligence at two Harvard Medical School affiliated Hospitals killed another five animals. So far the USDA has issued only an Official Warning against Harvard’s Medical School. Clearly USDA inaction has contributed to the continuing deaths at these facilities.

Please insist that the USDA issue a fine, and let Dr. Goldentyer know that you hold her personally responsible for the USDA’s inaction, and the deaths of these animals. She MUST take action now!

Dr. Elizabeth Goldentyer
USDA/APHIS/AC
920 Main Campus Drive, Suite 2000
Raleigh, NC 27606

919-855-7100
Betty.J.Goldentyer@usda.gov


Tell the New York Times to Not Accept Fur Ads
NARN received word that the New York Times is open to revising their current policy of accepting ads from fur companies if enough people submit comments against fur ads. Let them know that Fur Is Murder by commenting here: ”
Contact Us – Help Form – NYTimes.com

https://myaccount.nytimes.com/membercenter/help.html

News of Note

American Meat Consumption Down 12.2% Since 2007
Meat eating is down among Americans, says a rather incendiary CME Group report on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s December forecasts. Data indicates, says the report, “Americans will consume 12.2% less meat and poultry in 2012 than they did in 2007.”…People who don’t eat meat, according to the Mayo Clinic, tend to weigh less and have a lower risk of heart disease than meat eaters.

California Slaughterhouse Law Struck Down by Top U.S. Court
The U.S. Supreme Court overturned a California law requiring slaughterhouses to immediately euthanize animals that are too sick to stand up, delivering a setback to animal-rights activists and a victory for the meat industry…The California law would have had its greatest effect on the handling of nonambulatory pigs, which under U.S. law can be used for food with the approval of a federal inspector. Federal law bans the slaughter of downed cattle for food.

Lawmaker aims to prevent covert farm videos
Tampa Republican Sen. Jim Norman will again have to trim back his proposal aimed at preventing animal rights activists from capturing photo or video of farm footage they consider cruel.  The bill, SB1184, is meant to target employees, or activists pretending to be on a farm for some other purpose, and prevent them from taking photos or videos that could be misconstrued by the public and harm farm industries.


First, a sex offender registry. Next, an animal abuser registry?
Animal abusers, take heed. Efforts to establish online registries for animal abusers, like the ones for sex offenders, are gaining support, with legislation pending or soon-to-be-introduced in at least five states.  Registries also have been proposed in Maryland, Colorado, Arizona and New York. Stephan K. Otto, director of legislative affairs for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, expects similar proposals in more states.
Air Canada Grounds Experiment Bound Primate Flights
Last year, Air Canada came under international criticism after news that four dozen monkeys from breeding farms in China had been shipped to Quebec in cramped wooden crates. Now the airlines, one of only two major North American carriers that still flies primates to laboratories, wants out of the gruesome primate trade. Air Canada recently stated: “[i]t was a decision taken both to align our policies with those of many other major international carriers and in response to widespread public concern.”

USDA proposes streamlining poultry inspections
The Agriculture Department on Friday proposed to reduce the number of government inspectors at poultry slaughter plants in a move the agency says will make inspections more efficient and improve food safety.  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said about 1,000 government inspector jobs at poultry plants would be phased out as companies take over the job of looking for visual flaws like bruises in chickens on the processing line.

Increasingly, Meat’s Origins Are Valued
Though factory-farmed meat is still the big seller, some shoppers are willing to pay two or three times as much as supermarket prices to guarantee that the animals they eat were raised on organic or foraged food or both, had ample living space and sufficient time outdoors, and were not fed antibiotics or growth hormones.
(editor’s note – wouldn’t it just be easier to be vegan?)

Antibiotics Breed Drug-Resistant Bacteria in Pigs
After being exposed to antibiotics for only 2 weeks, a drastic rise in drug-resistant E. coli has been detected in guts of pigs.  Even after farmers stop using antibiotics in their livestock, mothers pass their drug-resistant flora down to their offspring for generations

Being vegan easier than it seems, experts say
“The benefits of the physical part of it is that you’re healthy, you don’t have to worry about a ton of saturated fat in your diet and the fiber is awesome. You’ll have a lot of fiber in your diet and more importantly you know what you’re eating,” said David Talaga, a vegan presenter.

Vegans And Meat-Eaters: Can’t We All Just Get Along?’
Last week I wrote an article about my personal experience with going vegetarian and some of the vitamin deficiencies I experienced as a result, including low levels of B12 and Iron. And wow, what a debate it sparked between vegans and omnivores! Can’t we just all get along? Judging by the comment thread, it doesn’t appear so.

Meatless for a day: Explore the bounty produce, legumes and grains offer
Meatless Monday encourages devotees to serve sustainable, meat-free meals — or to dine out, following the same principals — one day a week. The goal is to reduce chronic, preventable diseases — heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes — while limiting participants’ carbon footprint and reducing the kind of fossil fuel dependence and water usage associated with industrial farming.  “Large-scale, factory farms contribute to groundwater pollution more than most major cities,” says Melissa Trimmer of C-House in the Affinia Chicago Hotel. “And [raising this] meat requires a huge amount of grain and water to produce a very small portion.”


Group warns that cheese can contribute to obesity problem

As part of a campaign by the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, two billboards went up in Albany on Tuesday warning residents that cheese and other dairy products contribute to the local obesity problem — more than 60 percent of adults in Albany County are overweight or obese, according to the state Department of Health.

Food creatives expand restricted diets’ horizons
Woo is one of a growing number of Oregon chefs, restaurant owners, bakers and brewers who, faced with their own allergies or serious health concerns, have decided to open businesses offering food they can eat. Accommodating special requests isn’t new — just think of the gluten-free pizza crusts available at many pizzerias — but some business owners are going further, with entire menus conforming to Paleolithic, vegan or (most frequently) gluten-free diets.

Action Alerts

Support the Limited Tethering Bill

Contact your Washington State Representative and ask them to support HB 1755

Find your rep here
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/Default.aspx

Please Support the Limit Tethering HB 1755
OPTIONAL MESSAGE (please edit):
Dear Members of the House Judiciary Committee,
I would greatly appreciate your support for the HB 1755, the bill to establish humane tethering limits for dogs. The bill addresses the significant public safety issues related to continuously tethered dogs and focuses on the worst offenders, not responsible dog owners and guardians. The bill includes an educational component, it is not overly prohibitive, and provides exceptions which animal control officers can apply for extenuating situations. Washington State needs to be a part of this growing movement.

For more information see

http://limittethering.wordpress.com/take-action/

Tell the USDA and SNBL to End Animal Torture at SNBL USA

Write Dr. Robert Gibbens at the USDA: robert.m.gibbens@usda.gov.

Demand that the USDA investigate the SNBL facility in Everett, WA and hold them accountable for their repeated violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Ask them to no longer allow SNBL USA to conduct any research using animals, to have any animals in their care, or to keep any animals in the Everett facility for any purpose.

Let SNBL USA know that torturing animals does not go unnoticed and that people are demanding an end to all vivisection. Tell them to explore alternatives to using animals for research because vivisection is scientifically outdated and morally unacceptable.

SNBL USA, Ltd. – Headquarters
6605 Merrill Creek Parkway
Everett, WA 98203
phone (425) 407-0121
fax (425) 407-8601
info@snblusa.com

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

SNBL USA [owned by the Japan-based Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories] is a contract research facility headquartered in Everett, WA that has a horrifying record of animal cruelty and faulty science.

Each year, SNBL tests on thousands of animals—dogs, rabbits, mice, primates, and others—who are subjected to violent and careless treatment. SNBL imports almost 3,000 monkeys each year for experiments, and these individuals suffer and die inside the walls of the Everett facility.

For more information, visit SNBL USA Biosupport, LTD, Everett, WA, from Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (SAEN).

Ask the USDA to hold Ricera Biosciences Accountable
Please contact Elizabeth Goldentyre to demand that Ricerca Biosciences receive the largest fine possible under the Animal Welfare Act for the negligence which drowned a monkey in toxic chemicals and killed a dog without anesthesia.

Dr. Elizabeth Goldentyer
USDA/APHIS/AC
920 Main Campus Drive, Suite 2000
Raleigh, NC 27606

919-855-7100
Betty.J.Goldentyer@usda.gov

Recently obtained federal reports reveal major violations of the Animal Welfare Act by a Cleveland area lab in the experimental deaths of a dog and a primate. An Ohio-based Research Watchdog Organization has filed a complaint with a federal regulatory agency and is insisting on the maximum penalties allowably by law.

Federal reports reveal that the Ricerca Biosciences LLC Corporation of Concord (OH) killed two animals negligently while performing toxicity testing. According to documents filed by Ricerca, during a monkey experiment ““Test article was inadvertently instilled into the lungs, which was confirmed by histopathology following necropsy.” This situation would have literally drowned the monkey in toxic chemicals.

A second procedure allowed a dog to die without anesthesia or pain relief. According to the federal report: “Single dose, for rising dose study caused death overnight. The animal was found dead in its cage the following morning.” And it also states that: “Had the animal been found to be in distress at the evening observation, appropriate measures would have been taken to relieve the animal.”


Tell the EPA to Hold the Meat and Dairy Industries Accountable for Pollution and Antibiotic Resistance

Please take a minute to let the EPA know that you support stricter pollution regulations for producers of meat and dairy products.

Contact:

Lisa P. Jackson
Environmental Protection Agency
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20460
EPA general number (202) 272-0167
jackson.lisap@epa.gov

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS:

I support regulations that would require every Intensive Farm Animal Production operator, including Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) owners and operators, to submit all data to the EPA regarding discharge into the water supply.
CAFO operators should also be required to submit data regarding discharge that is distributed on the land.
Right now, EPA lacks the authority to properly regulate meat and dairy producers.
Most of these producers keep animals in cramped conditions, which is not only cruel but also leads to pollution of rivers and streams, along with other types of pollution.
Antibiotics often find their way into the water supply this way, which has contributed to the current epidemic of antibiotic-resistant infections.
Governmental agencies that oversee environmental protection must have authority to enforce appropriate regulations to ensure a healthful, clean environment.

Legislation to Follow

Here are a few bills introduced this session that we urge you to pay attention to

This one look promising:

Senate Bill 6139: Regarding large wild carnivore conflict management
Introduced by Sen. Christine Rolfes, (D-Bainbridge Island) (D) on January 12, 2012, prohibits a person from negligently feeding or attempting to feed large wild carnivores or attracting them to land or a building Defines “large wild carnivore” which includes wild bears, cougars, and wolves. The bill also prohibits the department of fish and wildlife from paying more than fifty thousand dollars per fiscal year for claims and assessment costs for injury or loss of commercial livestock caused by large wild carnivores. (Companion Bill: HB 2365).
http://www.washingtonvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=142695

This look bad:

Senate Bill 6136: Concerning the regional management of mammalian apex predators
Introduced by Sen. Bob Morton, (R – Kettle Falls) (R) on January 12, 2012, modifies current law regarding the listing of mammalian apex predators as endangered under the State’s Endangered Species Act. This act requires the Fish and Wildlife Commission to suspend any management plan for a mammalian apex predator if that species is not also federally listed for protection, or if the federal management plan does not also include the entirety of the region deemed necessary for protection under the State’s management plan. Examples of mammalian apex predators include brown bears, gray wolves and coyotes. (Companion Bill: HB 2214).
http://www.washingtonvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=142692

News of Note

Liberty, the last battery hen in Britain, is set free
A chicken named Liberty – described as ‘Britain’s last battery hen’ – is to be given a new home in Devon ahead of the EU-wide ban on keeping chickens in cramped cages.  From January 1 egg suppliers will be required by EU law to provide environments with space for hens to spread their wings, perch and move around, as the old ‘battery’ style cages are finally banned.

A Tighter Leash on Exotic Pets
The man raised a tawny ball of fluff above his head, its black button eyes seeming to widen as it took in the audience surrounding the ring.  “Baby cougar! Bottle-fed!” the auctioneer at the Lolli Brothers Livestock Market announced on a morning in early December, launching into his rat-a-tat call for bids over the loudspeaker. But there was not a hand in sight in the audience of about 100.   The starting price dropped, to $200. The cougar’s owner, standing in the ring, shook his head. It was too low. No sale.  It has been an uncertain time for people who sell and breed exotic creatures since an episode in October when the police in Zanesville, Ohio, killed 49 exotic animals.
Where is the legal line drawn in animal rights activism?
A federal courthouse in Boston and a ranch in California’s San Joaquin Valley present competing faces of the animal rights movement.  One side is peaceful. The other, decidedly, is not. Both can feel the weight of the law and the sting of being called a terrorist.

Farm orgs. ablaze over apparent animal rights arson
Farm organizations across the country are condemning what appears to be an animal rights-led act of arson against Harris Ranch, located in Coalinga, Calif.  An organization called Animal Liberation Front forwarded an anonymous email in which unnamed animal rights activists take credit for fires set to 14 cattle trucks Jan. 8.

Animal Researchers: How Do They Do It?
Animal experiments are designed and often conducted by individuals who are highly educated and have other career options. In addition, the experiments conducted on these animals are atypical, and are not written into our culture’s idea of what is ‘necessary’ or ‘normal’ in the way of animal abuse. Further, the animals used are often those that are highly valued in our society—companion animals such as dogs, cats, and rabbits or animals thought to be “like” humans, namely primates.

Animal-Rights Activists Like Me Aren’t Terrorists
I was three weeks away from taking the Law School Admissions Test in 2004 when I was arrested and charged with domestic terrorism.  I hadn’t hurt anyone or vandalized any property. In fact, the indictment didn’t allege that I’d committed any independent crime at all, only that I’d “conspired” to publish a website that advocated and reported on protest activity against a notorious animal testing lab in New Jersey.

Bill would remove downer animals from food supply
U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman, D-N.Y., has reintroduced the Downed Animal and Food Safety Protection Act to permanently prohibit all downed livestock from entering the nation’s food chain.  The act (H.R. 3704) would require all unhealthy livestock unable to walk because of disease to be humanely euthanized, according to a news release from the congressman.

Animal rights group sues Live Oak poultry hatchery, alleging animal abuse
A Washington, D.C.-based animal rights group has filed a lawsuit against a Live Oak hatchery alleging numerous examples of animal abuse.  Compassion Over Killing, a nonprofit animal advocacy organization focused on cruelty to animals in agriculture, contends that Cal-Cruz Hatcheries Inc. routinely abused animals at its facility, and seeks to stop the alleged abuse. The suit stems from an investigation in 2009, in which an employee of Compassion Over Killing secretly documented the treatment of chickens and ducks with a hidden video camera.

Meatless in the Midwest: A Tale of Survival
After the first three dinners in my new hometown, where I moved from New York to cover the Midwest for this newspaper, even this veteran vegetarian was flagging.  Even though the region boasts some of the finest farmland in the world, there is a startling lack of fresh produce here. This is a part of the country — and there’s no polite way to put this — where the most common vegetable you’ll see on dinner plates is iceberg lettuce.

USDA says it will close 259 offices to save $150M million
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will close 259 domestic offices, labs and other facilities as part of an effort to save $150 million per year, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday.

Veterinary Q&A: Chocolate, rat poison, slug bait, marijuana and antifreeze are common toxins for pets
Dr. Joe Musielak, an emergency-care vet at Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital in Snohomish, says five dog and cat toxins are most commonly seen in our area: chocolate, rat poison, slug bait, marijuana and antifreeze.

Dutch nursery cares for slew of orphaned seal pups
Storms that have lashed the Dutch coast this year have created a wave of orphaned baby seals — some so young their umbilical cords are still attached — wrenched from their mothers and washed up on beaches and dikes.  An existing seal nursery near the northern city of Groningen has been so inundated with pups and older seals in recent weeks it has erected a temporary tent to house them in tanks and baths while they are nurtured back to health. They will eventually be returned to the wild.

Vet hospital treats snowy owl
Bird is one of ‘unprecedented’ number in U.S.
A snowy owl that flew thousands of miles from its home only to collide with a car west of Spokane, Wash., is being treated at Washington State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. His presence here is part of a phenomenon nationwide unlike anything ever recorded, according to a world-renowned snowy owl expert.

Why Is Everyone Going Vegan?
(not the best article for veganism, but it appeared in the fashion mag Glamour)

Action Alerts

Call Utah jail to demand vegan food for Grand jury resister Jordan Halliday, who was recently re-arrested in Utah,  801-451-4200, hit 0

http://www.narn.org/vips/

Tell the USDA and SNBL to End Animal Torture at SNBL USA
SNBL USA [owned by the Japan-based Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories] is a contract research facility headquartered in Everett, WA that has a horrifying record of animal cruelty and faulty science. Each year, SNBL tests on thousands of animals—dogs, rabbits, mice, primates, and others—who are subjected to violent and careless treatment. SNBL imports almost 3,000 monkeys each year for experiments, and these individuals suffer and die inside the walls of the Everett facility.

ACTION ALERT:

Write Dr. Robert Gibbens at the USDA: robert.m.gibbens@usda.gov
Demand that the USDA investigate the SNBL facility in Everett, WA and hold them accountable for their repeated violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Ask them to no longer allow SNBL USA to conduct any research using animals, to have any animals in their care, or to keep any animals in the Everett facility for any purpose.

Let SNBL USA know that torturing animals does not go unnoticed and that people are demanding an end to all vivisection. Tell them to explore alternatives to using animals for research because vivisection is scientifically outdated and morally unacceptable.
SNBL USA, Ltd. – Headquarters
6605 Merrill Creek Parkway
Everett, WA 98203
Tel: 425.407.0121
Fax: 425.407.8601
info@snblusa.com

Help Pass The Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act
Please contact your member of Congress and ask her/him to support H.R. 3359, the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act, which would restrict the use of wild animals in traveling circuses.

Exotic animals used in circuses are separated from their families, brutally trained to perform unnatural tricks, chained, confined to small cages and pens, and shipped around the country by train or truck for months on end.

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

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

News of Note

Animal rights activists protest Everett biomedical lab
Dozens of protestors gathered at an Everett biomedical research lab on Monday to protest what they call cruel and potentially illegal experimentation on animals.  The protestors claim SNBLUSA, which is based in Japan but headquartered in Everett, is violating the Animal Welfare Act with unimaginable abuse against animals.
Vegan diet finds growing niche with bodybuilders
Vegan diets have found a growing niche among competitive bodybuilders who embrace it to improve their health, as a backlash against steroids or to reflect their views about the environment. Jose Antonio of the International Society of Sports Nutrition says the diet can be healthy, but bodybuilders have to make sure they get enough of the amino acids usually consumed in meats.

New focus on less meat: As meat prices and health concerns rise, more chefs decide less is more
This separation remained the state of affairs until the 1990s, when Whole Foods began its nationwide expansion. The success of Whole Foods lies in the company’s recognition that the gourmet world and the health-food world have merged, and that their customer base doesn’t exclusively eat one kind of food or the other but both. Often for the same meal.
Lawsuit looks to prove dogs have souls
Do puppies have souls? That’s what an unusual lawsuit is asking a New York judge to decide.  In her civil suit, dog owner Elena Zakharova contends that pets — considered “property” under state law — are much more than that: living creatures that feel love and pain.

Undercover Animal Rights Investigations Threatened
The Los Angeles-based group Mercy for Animals is responsible for the sheriff’s action. Now the activists fear the FBI is renewing efforts to prosecute them as “domestic terrorists,” according to Nathan Runkle, executive director of Mercy for Animals, who defends their activities.
“Undercover investigators are often the only line of defense, the only watchdog that these animals have on factory farms, and the abuse really thrives in secrecy.”

Oregon meat class goes on despite bunny burglary
An Oregon farmer and instructor for the Portland Meat Collective says there was likely political motivation behind the theft of 23 rabbits.

Dogs’ Ability to Sense Communication Similar to Infants
“Our findings reveal that dogs are receptive to human communication in a manner that was previously attributed only to human infants,” co-author Jozsef Topal of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences said in a journal press release. “Increasing evidence supports the notion that humans and dogs share some social skills, with dogs’ social-cognitive functioning resembling that of a 6-month to 2-year-old child in many respects.”

Citing Drug Resistance, U.S. Restricts More Antibiotics for Livestock
Federal drug regulators announced on Wednesday that farmers and ranchers must restrict their use of a critical class of antibiotics in cattle, pigs, chickens and turkeys because such practices may have contributed to the growing threat in people of bacterial infections that are resistant to treatment.

The Ethicist – A Dog’s Right to Life?