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Help Stop the Killing of Wolves in Washington State

WRITE TO GREGOIRE TO STOP WOLF KILL WED IN WA
Washington’s newest wolf pack — only one of eight in the state — will be shot and killed, one by one unless we speak out.

Just a few months ago, we celebrated the discovery of Washington State’s eighth wolf pack, named the Wedge pack for the wedge-shaped part of the county between the Kettle River on the west and the Columbia River on the east. However, this newly discovered pack has been unjustly blamed for attacking livestock, and the state has issued a kill order for all the adults in the pack.
Washington State officials are bending under pressure from a single disgruntled rancher — and despite expert claims that wolves were not responsible for injuring his livestock, officials have refused to call off the killing.
They’ve already shot one female from the pack, and the state is set to deploy a team of sharp-shooters as early as tomorrow morning to finish off the grisly job — unless you help raise enough of an outcry to stop them.
Call or write to Washington Governor Christine Gregoire and Director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Phil Anderson and tell them: don’t kill any more members of the Wedge pack. This pack is just one of only eight in your state, and it’s your responsibility to protect them. The future of wolves in Washington State may hinge on the precedents being set by you today.

Christine Gregoire
Governor of WA
Phone: 360-902-4111
http://www.governor.wa.gov/contact

Phil Anderson
Director, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Phone: 360-902-2200
director@dfw.wa.gov

 

Ask Airlines to Stop Transporting Nonhuman Primates

Many airlines have discontinued shipping nonhuman primates bound for biomedical research laboratories. However, a few are still engaging in this practice. We urge you to write airlines still engaging in the practice of transporting nonhuman primates bound for biomedical research laboratories and ask them to change their policies.

Calin Rovinescu
President and CEO
Air Canada Centre 1235
P.O. Box 14,000
Dorval, Québec
Canada H4Y 1H4

Jean- Cyril Spinetta
Chief Executive Officer
Air France
45, rue de Paris
95 747 Roissy CDG Cedex

Jeff Smisek
President and CEO
Continental Cargo
1600 Smith Street
Houston, TX 77002

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News of Note

 

World may be forced to go vegetarian by 2050, scientists say
By the year 2050, you may be forced to become a vegetarian. That is, if Sweden’s water scientists are to be believed.  According to the Stockholm International Water Institute, “There will not be enough water available on current croplands to produce food for the expected 9 billion population in 2050 if we follow current trends and changes towards diets common in western nations.”

 

Severe Diet Doesn’t Prolong Life, at Least in Monkeys
For 25 years, the rhesus monkeys were kept semi-starved, lean and hungry. The males’ weights were so low they were the equivalent of a 6-foot-tall man who tipped the scales at just 120 to 133 pounds. The hope was that if the monkeys lived longer, healthier lives by eating a lot less, then maybe people, their evolutionary cousins, would, too. Some scientists, anticipating such benefits, began severely restricting their own diets. A 23-year study comparing calorie restricted rhesus monkeys, left, to normally-fed monkeys, has shown that calorie restriction may not increase one’s lifespan. The results of this major, long-awaited study, which began in 1987, are finally in. But it did not bring the vindication calorie restriction enthusiasts had anticipated. It turns out the skinny monkeys did not live any longer than those kept at more normal weights.

 

Do Vegetarians And Vegans Think They Are Better Than Everyone Else?
Do vegetarians and vegans think they are better than the rest of us? Judging from personal experience, a good number of people who aren’t vegetarian or vegan would offer a resounding “Yes” to this question.  Those individuals who publicly tout eating no meat, especially when their stated reason has to do with caring about animals, are thought to be telegraphing a message of superiority: My dietary choices make me a better person than you.

 

US seeks to block challenge by animal rights group
The federal government asked a judge Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a group of animal rights activists who say a rarely used 2006 law has a chilling effect on lawful protest activities. Five activists represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights sued the U.S. government last year, asking that the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act be struck down as unconstitutional.

 

PETA Loses Kansas State Fair Lawsuit, Must Shield Visitors From Animal Slaughter Video
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the Kansas State Fair can require an animal-rights group to shield people walking by its booth from easily seeing images depicting animal slaughter.  PETA plans to show a 13-minute video, “Glass Walls,” which depicts animals being slaughtered and instances of abuse at factory farms. It filed a lawsuit last week asking the court to immediately block the fair’s requirements that it shield people from the video.

 

Animal rights group pushes for an end to pig slaughterhouses
There was no escaping the pungent odour around the Stanley Park area in downtown Toronto.  That unbearable smell of death, emanating from the Quality Meat Packers pig slaughterhouse on Wellington Street, spread through the air like a virus…A lot of people don’t even know that the slaughterhouse is even there because its surrounded by a gigantic cement wall,” said animal rights activist Kate Steen. “But you can smell it and on quiet days you can actually hear the pigs screaming.”

 

Ohio bill aims to stem abuse of animals and people
People who commit domestic violence often have a history of animal abuse or will eventually abuse animals, according to Kenneth Shapiro, executive director of the Animals and Society Institute in Ann Arbor, Mich. In Ohio, animal control officers are required to report child abuse, which they may discover while investigating animal abuse, and they urge other professionals to report evidence of animal abuse. An Ohio House bill calls for psychological evaluation of anyone under 18 who abuses animals and allows for pet protection in domestic violence situations.

 

Intriguing Habitats, and Careful Discussions of Climate Change
With many zoos and aquariums now working with conservation organizations and financed by individuals who feel strongly about threatened habitats and species, managers have been wrestling with how aggressive to be in educating visitors on the perils of climate change.  Surveys show that American zoos and aquariums enjoy a high level of public trust and are ideally positioned to teach.  Yet many managers are fearful of alienating visitors — and denting ticket sales — with tours or wall labels that dwell bleakly on damaged coral reefs, melting ice caps or dying trees.

 

Diet can play a role in gastrointestinal cancers, RDs say
Diet can play a role in gastrointestinal cancers, such as those in the esophagus and colon, and reducing red and processed meats, eating more fruits and vegetables, and exercising may help, say registered dietitians at Salem Health in Oregon. RD Jessica Short says to start by purchasing fewer meat items each week or go meatless one day per week.

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