Action Alerts

 

Help Elephants with 3 Actions!

With the passage of HR 3359, the U.S. House of Representatives would restrict the use of exotic and non-domesticated animals in traveling circuses and exhibitions.  Please take a minute to let the politicians know you want this misery ended. https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/112/hr3359

FYI: POPVOX bridges the gap between the public and members of Congress. It is a real-time metric of public sentiment and that’s why it’s so important to “vote” your beliefs.

  • 52% of respondents support restricting the use of certain animals in circuses.
  • 48% want circuses to go on just as they are.

Your VOTE is desperately needed. You don’t need to register in order to vote.

 

Another quick action: 

Send this easy form asking the Toronto City Council not to be bullied by the AZA and go forward with their decision to send their three elephants to PAWS elephant sanctuary. https://secure2.convio.net/ida/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2155

 

Another even quicker action:   http://forcechange.com/19769/save-lucy-the-elephant/#gf_1

 

 

Save the Lovelace Monkeys
Cincinnati-based SAEN has revealed it has been contacted by another inside source connected to the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, which said the Dept of Defense-funded experiment is currently a pilot project and is yet to be fully-funded.  The experiment will subject non-human primates to blast induced head injuries. In one aspect of the study, some of the monkeys may not receive anesthesia during the blast. Initial measurements of the primates have begun.  An Official Complaint has been filed with the United States Department of Agriculture, requesting a thorough investigation of the pilot project. Concerns exist about legal requirements for use of anesthesia, adequate veterinary care for the monkeys, consideration of alternatives, etc. The USDA has confirmed that an investigation is underway.
It is believed that the project has been proposed solely to attract DOD funding, in spite of the scientific invalidity of the study.

ACTION NEEDED:

(1)
Contact the Mind Research Network/Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute Traumatic Brain Injury project be IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED!

Jeffrey Lewine
Jlewine@mrn.org
505-272-5028 or toll-free 866-254-6463
(These are general numbers, please ask to speak to Jeffrey Lewine)
The Mind Research Network
1101 Yale Blvd. NE,
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106

(2)
Please contact Dr. Gibbens and demand that he take immediate action against the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute for all violations relevant to the Traumatic Brain Injury Project at Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute.

Dr. Robert Gibbens
Director, Western Region
USDA/APHIS/A
2150 Center Ave.
Building B, Mailstop 3W11
Fort Collins, CO 80526-8117
(970) 494-7478
Robert.M.Gibbens@usda.gov

(3)
Please contact Robert W. Rubin, CEO Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute (LRRI) insist that the joint Mind Research Network/Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute Traumatic Brain Injury project be IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED

Robert W. Rubin, CEO
Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute
2425 Ridgecrest Dr. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108-5127
(505) 348-9365
rwrubin@lrri.org

 

 

Contact your Representative and Senators about the 2012 Farm Bill
The Senate Agriculture Committee just released its draft of the 2012 Farm Bill. It’s time to voice your support for food and farm policies that maximize well-being for people, the planet, and animals. Message: “I’m a constituent and I’m calling to ask you to reduce commodity subsidies in favor of subsidies that support fresh fruits and vegetables.”

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

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

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Steps to A Well-Fed World:

1st –> Reducing Commodity/Feed Subsidies

Reducing the massive subsidies to large-scale feed crops significantly increases the cost of meat, dairy, eggs and other animal-based products. The government provides about $20 billion every year in direct farm subsidies. Feed grains (mostly corn) account for the largest share of farm subsidy support, more than double the next commodity crop.

2nd –> Increasing Subsidies for Fresh Produce

The next step is advocating that subsidies be redirected towards fresh produce (thus lower the prices). This benefits SNAP (the food stamps program), the general public, producers, and farm workers if applied fairly.

Farm Bill Facts

Fact: The government provides about $20 billion every year in direct farm subsidies.

Fact: Feed grains (mostly corn) account for the largest share of farm subsidy support, more than double the next commodity crop.

Fact: In the United States, 3/5 of farmers don’t get any subsidy payments, while the richest 5% average $470,000 each.

Fact: The Natural Resources Conservation Service reports that nearly two billion tons of cropland soil is still lost and less than 10% of the USDA budget is linked to conservation practices.

Fact: Of the conservation practices that are funded, clean-up of factory farming pollution is included (so tax payers bear the cost instead of the agribusinesses that are causing the pollution).

Fact: Only 2% of children (2-19 years old) meet the five federal requirements for a healthy diet. Although certain calories are cheaper than others, these foods are usually lacking any nutritional benefit, and are contributing to the growing malnutrition epidemics in the U.S. and globally.

What’s the Breakdown?

The 2008 Farm Bill was divided into 15 titles, with 97-99% of the funding split between four categories:

67% Nutrition –> food stamps, school lunches, and related programs.
15% Commodities –> subsidized animal feed giving unfair advantages to factory farms. These commodity crops are heavily used in processed foods which deflates their price to the disadvantage of fruits, vegetables and other fresh, whole foods. To further exacerbate the problem, fruits and vegetables are considered “specialty crops” and receive very little support.
9% Conservation –> includes using public taxes to clean-up after factory farms instead of making the agribusiness corporations pay for their pollution.
8% Crop Insurance –> another way to affect commodities and farming practices… notable differences in shallow loss and deep loss assistance.

News of Note

 

Animal rights group to be freed this evening
Members of an animal rights group, arrested on Saturday for attacking a center that breeds dogs used in scientific experiments, will be freed this evening. Twelve members of the group, eight women and four men, were interrogated today for attacking the Green Hill breeding station at Montichiari in Brescia that raises beagles. a Montichiari (Brescia).

 

Animal-rights group files complaint against University of Washington
An animal-rights group that watchdogs research facilities across the country has filed a federal complaint against the University of Washington, citing multiple incidents in which animals were injured, escaped from their cages or were found dead.

 

FDA approves plague treatment as animal testing ethics resurface
It’s been a busy week for animal-rights with a federal complaint against UW, the storming of a Beagle farm by Italian activists and the FDA approving the drug Levaquin for the treatment of plague, after it was tested on African green monkeys.

 

Ohio Senate Approves Exotic Animal Bill
The state Senate has passed a bill to ban Ohioans from acquiring new exotic animals and regulate the current owners of tigers, lions and other creatures.

 

Animal lovers, hunters pack Capitol over hunting dog ban bill
Hundreds of animal lovers and hunters packed the Capitol on Tuesday to testify about a bill seeking to ban the use of dogs to hunt bears and bobcats in California, legislation that arose after a top state fish and game official drew heat for killing a mountain lion during a legal hound-hunting trip in Idaho.

 

Lucy the elephant staying in Edmonton despite animal-rights campaign
Lucy the elephant appears to be staying put after a ruling from the Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday that it will not hear a case regarding her future.  The court rejected an application to hear the case between animal-rights activists, who want the elephant moved, and the City of Edmonton, which owns the Edmonton Valley Zoo where Lucy lives.

 

Fur, Feathers, Ivory and Bone: The U.S. Military and Endangered Species Souvenirs
The links between conflict and contraband are as old as war, and have been the subject of extensive research. The reasons are easy to grasp, if sometimes hard to trace. Wars disrupt economies and can create acute shortages, often while encouraging lawlessness and the breakdown of borders and institutions. In these circumstances, smugglers are both in demand and can thrive.

 

Vets in Scotland train to spot domestic abuse victims
Vets in Scotland will be trained to spot signs of abuse in both animals and their owners, in a bid to help victims of domestic violence.  The Domestic Abuse Veterinary Initiative (DAVI) has been developed by six charities including Medics Against Violence (MAV) and Crimestoppers.

 

Ellen DeGeneres says her vegan diet wasn’t always easy, but glad she made the change
She first tried to quit meat 15 years ago, she said in a telephone interview, but lasted only six months.
“I’ve always called myself an animal lover. And yet I ate them,” she said. “Until four years ago I would be driving past these cows on pastures, and think ‘What a lovely life that is,’ and I’d go and order a steak. It takes a click, just one light bulb, and you’re like ‘I can’t do that anymore.’”

 

As Bison Return to Prairie, Some Rejoice, Others Worry
“Populations of all native Montana wildlife have been allowed to rebound except bison; it’s time to take care of them like they once took care of us,” said Robert Magnan, 58, director of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation’s Fish and Game Department, who will oversee the transplanted Yellowstone bison program.  But with several groups now navigating a complex and contentious path to return bison to these plains, agribusiness is fighting back. Many farmers and ranchers fear that bison, particularly those from Yellowstone, might be mismanaged and damage private property, and worry that they would compete for grass with their own herds.

 

A Place for Old Chickens, Outside the Pot
While many Portlanders still pluck aging birds for the broiler, others seek a blissful, pastoral end for them. Because most chickens lay the majority of eggs early in life, and can live about 10 years, the quest for a place where chickens can live out their sunset years has brought a boom to at least two farm animal sanctuaries and led Pete Porath, a self-described chicken slinger, to expand the portion of his business that finds new homes for unwanted birds.

 

To effect change, should the 99% go vegan?
“Fact: Diet-related disease is the biggest killer in the United States, right now, here today,” said Jamie Oliver in his 2010 “TedTalks” presentation. “Your child will live a life 10 years younger than you because of the landscape of food that we’ve built around them.”  Is it child abuse? Oliver argues that it is, and that in addition to nourishing our children, we should also educate them on how and what to eat. His critics accuse him of overstepping and say he should pack up and go back to Britain. Who is he to tell us what’s right for our children? “All I can say is: I care. I’m a father, and I love this country, and I believe truly, actually, that if change can be made in this country, beautiful things will happen around the world. If America does it, I believe other people will follow.”

Action Alerts

 

Urge Congress To Re-Open Investigation Of NIH!
With a budget of $32 billion, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the world’s largest funder of biomedical research. But the agency continues to fund wasteful and ridiculous animal experiments which have nothing to do with its stated mission “to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.”
Please help reform the broken NIH funding system and end decades of repetitive animal research by asking the Chair of the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Rep. Cliff Stearns (FL), to re-open the subcommittee’s investigation of the NIH.

Contact Cliff Stearns and ask him to investigate NIH funding

2306 Rayburn House Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20515
phone: 202-225-5744
email contact form

 

 

Tell USDA to deny ALL horse slaughter plant applications
Horse slaughter proponents are taking steps to open horse slaughter plants in the United States. Unless citizens object, horses may soon be commercially slaughtered in our communities for human consumption overseas. There is already a slaughterhouse in New Mexico being considered for government approval to slaughter horses.
According to a national poll conducted in January 2012, 80% of Americans are strongly against horse slaughter. Americans do not raise horses for food or eat horse meat. Horse slaughter will benefit only foreign-owned corporations who profit by catering to overseas specialty markets. These corporations have no regard for the welfare of our nation’s horses or the communities we call home.
Horse slaughter plants are not clean/green enterprises. They are an economic and environmental nightmare: polluting local water supplies, lowering property values and filling the air with a foul stench. Five years after the closure of a horse slaughter plant in Kaufman, Texas, the community is still trying to recover from the damage that the plant caused.

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
AgSec@usda.gov

 

 

Save Our Bees and the Food We Eat! Ban Bayer’s Chemicals Now!
The EPA must act now to ban the sale of Bayer’s neoniconitoid products. When the bees suffer, we all suffer. We must do everything possible to protect this essential pollinator. Our bees, and the plants that depend on them, can’t wait.

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

News of Note

 

B.C. sled-dog executioner charged
Criminal cruelty-count for tour operator, who admitted he shot and knifed ‘friends’
Grisly reports of the execution of sled dogs in Whistler following the 2010 Games, a lengthy probe, and a mass grave exhumation have led to a criminal animal-cruelty charge against the self-admitted executioner, former Whistler dog tour operator Bob Fawcett.

 

Can Following a Vegan Diet Be Appropriate for Children?
Going totally vegan is becoming increasingly popular among health-conscious adults and many encourage their children to follow suit. But some parents are unsure whether diet restrictions they find healthful for themselves are also a good choice for their kids….Looking at all the options, it seems very possible to raise healthy children on a vegan diet, especially as they grow older and become adolescents. As long as parents are aware of potential pitfalls and take proper precautions, they should feel confident that they are doing their kids a good service.

 
5 Interesting Facts About Plant-based Food Choices
People can debate all we want about whether a vegan diet is good for everyone, but there’s no disputing the fact that the market for vegan food is booming. While vegans still account for only 2.5% of the population in the U.S. (an impressive doubling in size since 2009), what’s really interesting is that 100 million people (approximately 33% of the U.S. population) are eating vegan/vegetarian meals more often, though they are not vegan or vegetarian.

 

 

USDA to Let Industry Self-Inspect Chicken
The USDA hopes to save $85 million over three years by laying off 1,000 government inspectors and turning over their duties to company monitors who will staff the poultry processing lines in plants across the country.  The poultry companies expect to save more than $250 million a year because they, in turn, will  be allowed to speed up the processing lines to a dizzying 175 birds per minute with one USDA inspector at the end of the line.

 
Confining pigs in crates stirs complaint from US Humane Society
The Humane Society of the United States filed a legal complaint asserting that a national campaign that portrays the pork industry as ethical and humane is misleading
consumers because of practices such as confining breeding pigs to small crates.

 

A Vegan Among the Deerstalkers
When I was a kid, I had this fantasy of farm life, where I’d have a barnyard composed of a happy harmony of pigs, chickens, cows, horses, and other suitably agricultural animals. The animals wouldn’t actually do anything – we’d all just live on the farm together, them eating or grazing or whatever, me taking care of them. After all, Old MacDonald’s farm animals were just – there, right?

 

Starbucks to stop using ‘crushed bug’ dye
Starbucks Corp. says it will stop using a red dye in its drinks that is derived from crushed bugs. The Seattle-based coffee chain said in a blog post on its website Thursday that it made the decision to reformulate its drinks after feedback from consumers prompted a “thorough” evaluation.

 

Rights group lauds India’s ban on animal testing
The Indian government’s decision to stop experimentation on animals for training college and university students was Friday hailed by animal rights group Humane Society International.


Man must pay $25K for kicking, killing his Lacey ex-wife’s cat
A former Lacey man convicted of second-degree animal cruelty after he was accused of kicking his then-wife’s cat, resulting in the cat’s death, has been ordered to pay his ex-wife $25,000.

 

Red the paralyzed pit bull gets adopted
That night three years ago marked the first lucky break of many for Red. His underdog story and personal charm won over Cicio, then an army of veterinarians, shelter volunteers and, most recently, a single mother from the Rockford area adopted the plucky pit bull.

 

Going vegan in a meat-mad town
A Harley rumbles to a stop outside a restaurant with an awning that reads “Pizza-Chicken-Ribs.” Across the street, a now-shuttered bar still advertises itself as “home of the 1-lb Dream Burger.”  The unpretentious southwest suburb of Lockport has long been known for its biker bars, hot dog stands and barbecue. But on this historic block, two residents have found unexpected success with a once-unthinkable alternative — a restaurant serving only vegan, uncooked foods.

 

Women mauled in zoo bear rampage
An unknown number of creatures were on the loose in the snow-covered Hachimantai bear park in Akita prefecture, which keeps 38 animals, most of them brown bears.  By early evening, local hunters had shot dead six of the animals, all within the gated park campus, and had recovered two bodies, thought to be those of workers at the facility, an Akita police spokesman said.

Action Alerts

 

 

USDA considering privatizing meat/poultry inspections
The USDA is moving forward with plans to privatize part of its meat and poultry inspection programs. There is a comment period which runs through April 26. Let’s try to make them wish they had never thought of this stupid idea!

Currently animals are always tortured throughout the slaughter process and the USDA inspectors have done very little to alleviate any of the suffering, and they have done very little to provide “safe food” for people who continue to eat animals. However, having industry employees be in charge of inspections will take this disastrous brutality from bad to worse!

Send comments:
http://www.regulations.gov/#%21documentDetail;D=FSIS-2011-0012-0001

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Let SNBL know that torturing animals does not go unnoticed and people are demanding an end to animal testing.

Tell them to explore alternatives because vivisection is scientifically outdated and morally unacceptable.
SNBL USA, Ltd. – Headquarters
6605 Merrill Creek Parkway
Everett, WA 98203
Tel: 425.407.0121

Tell your Federal Representative to oppose radical hunting proposals
H.R. 4089 (The “Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012″) combines several anti-wildlife proposals into a single dangerous bill.
It amends the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) to allow for the importation of polar bear “trophies” from Canada that are presented as having been taken prior to the May 2008 Endangered Species Act listing.
It requires federal agencies to open nearly all public lands to hunting–including national parks–and prevents federal agencies from reviewing the impacts of hunting on non-tartget species or their habitats under the National Environmental Policy Act.
It removes the ability of the EPA to protect wildlife and people from lead poisoning through toxic ammunition exposure.

Tell your Representative to OPPOSE H.R. 4089 (The “Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012″) that could drastically alter the way polar bears and other wildlife species are protected in the United States.

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

News of Note

 

 The Myth of Sustainable Meat
The industrial production of animal products is nasty business. From mad cow, E. coli and salmonella to soil erosion, manure runoff and pink slime, factory farming is the epitome of a broken food system…Opponents of industrialized agriculture have been declaring for over a decade that how humans produce animal products is one of the most important environmental questions we face. We need a bolder declaration. After all, it’s not how we produce animal products that ultimately matters. It’s whether we produce them at all.

 

What’s Even Grosser Than Pink Slime?
Last week, two news items crossed my desk that demonstrate the meat industry’s power and its threat to public health.  The first is the extraordinary, bipartisan political defense of the embattled, ammonia-laced ground-beef filler that has become known as “pink slime.” The second is a proposed plan by the Obama administration to fire USDA inspectors and let the poultry industry inspect its own slaughterhouse lines—while simultaneously speeding up the kill line.

 

Arsenic in Our Chicken?
my topic today is a pair of new scientific studies suggesting that poultry on factory farms are routinely fed caffeine, active ingredients of Tylenol and Benadryl, banned antibiotics and even arsenic.  “We were kind of floored,” said Keeve E. Nachman, a co-author of both studies and a scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future.  “It’s unbelievable what we found.”

 

The Challenge of Going Vegan
“The dominant social-cultural norm in the West is meat consumption,” said Hanna Schösler, a researcher in the Institute for Environmental Studies at Vrije University in Amsterdam, who has studied consumer acceptance of meat substitutes. “The people who want to shift to a more vegetarian diet find they face physical constraints and mental constraints. It’s not very accepted in our society not to eat meat.”

 

Five fit female vegetarian and vegan athletes
There’s a myth that vegans don’t get enough nutrients, but then there’s athletes like ultramarathoner Brendan Brazier, whose book “Thrive” explains how a plant-based diet helps improve performance and recovery when training, and superstar sprinter Carl Lewis, who credits a vegan diet for helping him win all those Olympic gold medals. http://narn.org/blog/wp-admin/post.php?post=476&action=editBrendan and Carl are not the only ones to tout a plant-based lifestyle — check out how it has helped these five vegan and vegetarian female athletes stay fast and fit.


FDA lays out steps to reduce overuse of antibiotics in animals grown for food
The Food and Drug Administration called on drug companies Wednesday to help limit the use of antibiotics given to farm animals, a decades-old practice that scientists say has contributed to a surge in dangerous, drug-resistant bacteria.  Antibiotics are mixed with animal feed to help livestock, pigs and chickens put on weight and stay healthy in crowded barns.

 

Monkeys learn to tell words from nonsense letters
Researchers report in the journal Science that they trained six Guinea baboons (Papio papio) to distinguish real, four-letter English words such as “done” and “vast” from non-words such as “dran” and “lons.” After six weeks, the baboons learned to pick out dozens of words – as many as 308 in the case of the clever Dan, and 81 for Violette – from a sea of 7,832 non-words.

 

Matrix magic makes veterinary surgery less intimidating
To help students prepare for the common surgical procedure he and his colleagues collaborated with a Sydney company, Studio Kite, which specialises in animatronic creatures for film and television, to produce the silicone-based animal model – a ”world-first” – and ensure it was as realistic as possible.

 

Why we can’t trust animal experiments
Listen to Ernst Boris Chain, co-discoverer of penicillin with Florey & Flemming at the thalidomide trial, in 1970, under oath. He said: “No animal experiment with a medicament, even if it is carried out on several animal species including primates under all conceivable conditions, can give any guarantee that the medicament tested in this way will behave the same in humans, because in many respects the human is not the same as the animal.”

 

After nuclear disasters, wildlife thrives
Until now, it had been believed that radiation following the Chernobyl disaster must have had a dramatic effect on bird populations by causing damage to birds’ antioxidant defence mechanisms….Indeed, says Smith, “Some Belarussian and Ukrainian scientists who live and work in the Chernobyl exclusion zone have reported big increases in wildlife populations since the accident, due to the removal of humans from the area.”

Action Alerts

 

Write to Kathy Ireland and let her know the truth about the fur industry
Kathy Ireland tweeted that if suffering occurred in the fur industry, she would never be involved.
In response, Seattle’s own Seattle Animal Defense League said “So being anally electrocuted where there are documented cases of animals being skinned alive isn’t suffering?”
She replied, “That is tragic. Designers who allow such things are not cautious. [American Legend] simply would not accept that behavior.”
SAY WHAT?! It looks like she needs some education about the fur industry.

Let her know @kathyireland

 

 

Act Now or Animal Abuse in Minnesota Will Be Illegal to Record and Expose

Tell Minnesota’s governor to VETO House File (H.F.) 1369 and Senate File (S.F.) 1118 if they are passed by the state legislature. This legislation would subject whistleblowers to criminal prosecution for their efforts to expose cruelty to animals on factory farms, in laboratories, and in other facilities in which animals are abused.

Mark Dayton
Office of the Governor
130 State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
phone (651) 201-3400
fax (651) 797-1850
online contact: http://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/form/

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

House File (H.F.) 1369 and Senate File (S.F.) 1118, which are now before the Minnesota state legislature, would subject whistleblowers to criminal prosecution for their efforts to expose cruelty to animals on factory farms, in laboratories, and in other facilities in which animals are abused. If passed, the bills would make it a crime to photograph or record video in these facilities without the owner’s consent—even if that evidence shows violations of the law. These bills would punish whistleblowers and could hurt vital undercover work that exposes routine—and often criminal—abuse of animals in the factory-farming and animal experimentation industries.

 

Let’s Ban the Primate “Pet” Trade
Urge you U.S. Congressional representative to co-sponor/support H.R. 4306, The Captive Primate Safety Act. This legislation would prohibit interstate commerce in primates.

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