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.