Action Alerts

Tell Nordstrom to Stop Selling Fur

1) Visit the website of Nordstrom Downtown Seattle at http://shop.nordstrom.com/st/nordstrom-downtown-seattle and scroll down to click on “Tell Us What You Think” — then fill in the comment box to ask them to stop selling fur!
2) Please sign this online petition and share with your friends: https://www.change.org/petitions/nordstrom-stop-selling-all-animal-fur-3
3) Please print out this letter, sign, and mail it to Nordstrom: http://afa-online.org/NordstromLetter.pdf Or better yet, use the letter as a template for your own personalized letter. Please do this in addition to signing the petition! Paper letters carry much more weight than petitions or emails, especially these days.

 

Tell Target to Stop Selling Rabbit Fur

Please call 1-800-591-3869, and tell Target to stop selling rabbit fur. And please don’t shop there until they stop!

 

Stop Horse Slaughter in Snohomish County

Due to changes in a federal policy, a horse slaughterhouse in Stanwood, WA could re-open. On December 19, the Snohomish Country Council will be considering a ban on horse slaughter, which would prevent that slaughterhouse as well as any others from operating in Snohomish County.

Read The Herald’s article about the proposed ban here: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20121204/news01/712049937

Then please visit http://www.change.org/petitions/snohomish-county-council-members-pass-ordinance-no-12-106-to-ban-the-slaughter-of-horses to sign our petition to ask the council members to pass the ban. Then please forward this link to friends and family to ask them to sign as well!

Thank you for caring about horses! And please show that you care about all of the animals whose lives end horrifically in slaughterhouses, by living vegan!

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 Task force to take closer look at Woodland Park’s elephants
Woodland Park Zoo’s elephant exhibit will be scrutinized by a panel of experts as part of a task force requested by Seattle City Council members who said they are concerned about the welfare and future of the zoo’s three aging elephants.

 

Doug Spink, Accused of Operating Sumas Bestiality Farm, Faces Animal Cruelty Charges At Long Last
By the sound of it, Douglas Spink, a man who once made a fortune selling fitness catalogues to gyms, didn’t think he’d have to worry about animal cruelty charges in Whatcom County.  This, despite the fact law enforcement there had collected piles of evidence to suggest he operated a bizarre bestiality farm out of Sumas, Wash, and has already convicted and deported one man because of it.

 

Constitutionality of Ohio’s new dangerous animal law challenged in court
The law bans ownership of certain dangerous animals as of January 2014. The deadline for owners to register their animals, with microchips, was Nov. 5, 2012. Further steps are required to maintain possession of the animals in 2014 and beyond.  The animal owners say the law is unconstitutional because it violates their property ownership rights. Under the new law, the state can seize an animal if it is not properly registered with a microchip.


Animal rights inroads
The top lobbyist for the National Turkey Federation thinks national standards for egg-laying cages won’t make it into a multi-year farm bill, and similar efforts may be “running out of steam.”  Damon Wells spoke at the North Dakota Poultry Industries convention in Fargo, N.D., on Dec. 13 and said he doesn’t see production mandates making it into the federal farm bill, currently stuck in Congress.  Wells said the “precedent-setting” of the farm bill cage restriction proposals is not likely to re-emerge. The proposals didn’t make it into either Senate or House versions of the bill.


America’s Milk Business in a ‘Crisis’
In an age of vitamin waters and energy drinks, the decadeslong decline in U.S. milk consumption has accelerated, worrying dairy farmers, milk processors and grocery chains.  The industry “is coming to recognize this as a crisis,” says Tom Gallagher, CEO of Dairy Management Inc., a farmer-funded trade group that promotes milk products. “We cannot simply assume that we will always have a market.” Per-capita U.S. milk consumption, which peaked around World War II, has fallen almost 30% since 1975

 

Poaching is a national security issue, WWF study finds
Poaching of wild animals for ivory, horns, skins and other parts has been a dangerous business for animals for decades, but it’s evolved into a security threat as well, according to a WWF report. Elaborate criminal syndicates that protect and augment the trade have developed, the report found. “It is one thing to be worried about the traditional poachers who come in and kill and take a few animals, a few tusks, a few horns or other animal parts,” said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “It’s something else when you’ve got helicopters, night vision goggles, automatic weapons, which pose a threat to human life as well as wildlife.”

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Action Alerts

Tell Nordstroms to Stop Selling Fur

1) Visit the website of Nordstrom Bellevue Square at
http://shop.nordstrom.com/st/nordstrom-bellevue-square
and scroll down to click on “Tell Us What You Think” — then fill in the comment box to ask them to stop selling fur!
2) Please sign this online petition and share with your friends:
https://www.change.org/petitions/nordstrom-stop-selling-all-animal-fur-3
3) Please print out this letter, sign, and mail it to Nordstrom: http://afa-online.org/NordstromLetter.pdf Or better yet, use the letter as a template for your own personalized letter. Please do this in addition to signing the petition! Paper letters carry much more weight than petitions or emails, especially these days.

 
Elephants at Woodland Park Zoo Need Your Help!

Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants have advocated for the retirement of Bamboo, Chai and Watoto, the elephants living on display at Woodland Park Zoo, to a sanctuary.

 Sadly, the Zoo “owns” the elephants and only public pressure will help save the elephants from dying at WPZ.

Let them know you are disturbed that WPZ allows Bamboo, Chai and Watoto to suffer in an environment that directly harms their physical and psychological health and you want immediate actions taken to improve their conditions while working for retirement at a sanctuary. 

 WPZ receives more than $10 million from Seattle and King county tax payers every year yet claims: “we do not have a record that gives the cost of housing or caring for the elephants”.  Ask the City and County Councils to take control over the elephants’ welfare and WPZ’s irresponsible use of our hard earned tax dollars. We want action!

 We’ve included The Seattle Times’ address so they, too, hear the outpouring of support for the elephants— as well as for the article.

 In the subject line, make sure to use a word like: elephant, zoo, Chai, Bamboo

 sally.bagshaw@seattle.gov, richard.conlin@seattle.gov, sally.clark@seattle.gov,   nick.licata@seattle.gov, bruce.harrell@seattle.gov, tim.burgess@seattle.govjean.godden@seattle.gov, mike.obrien@seattle.gov, tom.rasmussen@seattle.gov, larry.gossett@kingcounty.gov,  bob.ferguson@kingcounty.gov,  kathy.lambert@kingcounty.gov,  larry.phillips@kingcounty.gov,  julia.patterson@kingcounty.gov,  jane.hague@kingcounty.gov,  pete.vonreichbauer@kingcoounty.gov,  joe.mcdermott@kingcounty.govregan.dunn@kingcounty.gov, opinion@seattletimes.com

 While writing an e-mail is appreciated, we understand that short letters or even postcards sent via regular mail have the greatest impact – do both!!!

 Metropolitan King County Council
516 Third Ave., Rm. 1200
Seattle, WA 98104

Seattle City Council
PO Box 34025
Seattle, WA 98124-4025

 For more information, go to www.freewpzelephants.org

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W5 report sparks investigations into Manitoba pig farm
Disturbing footage captured at a Manitoba pork farm has prompted the launch of several investigations looking into the treatment of animals at the facility, including an internal investigation by the company at the centre of the abuse allegations…Manitoba’s Pork Council told CTV News on Monday that while there were issues with some of the footage, much of what was captured by the animal welfare group was standard practice — including the “thumping” of piglets.  The group behind the footage, Mercy for Animals Canada, held news conferences in Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal on Monday where they called on major grocery chains to stop carrying meat from producers who use gestation cages.

 

Senate endorses stricter consequences for watching animal fights
The Senate has voted to strengthen penalties associated with attending events that involve animal fights. “This bill is about ending animal fighting, which plainly and simply is a blood sport,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who introduced the measure. The legislation now moves to the House.

 
Vegan Diet Hugely Helpful Against Cancer, Especially For Women
For cancer-free living, meat and dairy-free dining are the way to go, it seems. A new study funded by the National Cancer Institute found vegans have even lower cancer rates than vegetarian counterparts, who in turn see less cancer than omnivores.  “Most people think they are a victim of their genes, helpless to stave off some of the most dreaded diseases,” , writes Kathy Freston at HuffPost Healthy Living. “We aren’t helpless at all; in fact, the power is largely in our hands. It’s on our forks, actually.”

 

Ikea monkey transferred to primate sanctuary
A five-month-old monkey that became an internet sensation after it was photographed running around the parking lot of a Toronto Ikea store is now in the care of a southern Ontario primate sanctuary.


Yellowstone wolf shootings draw scrutiny as Montana trapping season set to begin
The shooting of collared gray wolves from Yellowstone National Park is prompting Montana wildlife commissioners to consider new restrictions against killing the predators in areas near the park.  Wolf trapping in Montana kicks off Dec. 15. It’s the state’s first such trapping season since the animals lost their federal protections last year after almost four decades on the endangered species list.  But hunting already is under way for the predators in Montana and neighboring Idaho and Wyoming, and at least seven of Yellowstone’s roughly 88 wolves have been shot in recent weeks while travelling outside the park.


Racetrack Drugs Put Europe Off U.S. Horse Meat
For decades, American horses, many of them retired or damaged racehorses, have been shipped to Canada and Mexico, where it is legal to slaughter horses, and then processed and sold for consumption in Europe and beyond. Lately, however, European food safety officials have notified Mexican and Canadian slaughterhouses of a growing concern: The meat of American racehorses may be too toxic to eat safely because the horses have been injected repeatedly with drugs.

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The Seattle City and King County Council Needs to Hear from You!

 

Riding on the momentum of this incredible exposé,

Bamboo, Chai and Waototo need your help!

Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants have advocated for the retirement of Bamboo, Chai and Watoto, the elephants living on display at Woodland Park Zoo, to a sanctuary (read more about it in our previous post on this topic).

Sadly, the Zoo “owns” the elephants and only public pressure will help save the elephants from dying at WPZ.

Let them know you are disturbed that WPZ allows Bamboo, Chai and Watoto to suffer in an environment that directly harms their physical and psychological health and you want immediate actions taken to improve their conditions while working for retirement at a sanctuary. 

WPZ receives more than $10 million from Seattle and King county tax payers every year yet claims: “we do not have a record that gives the cost of housing or caring for the elephants”.  Ask the City and County Councils to take control over the elephants’ welfare and WPZ’s irresponsible use of our hard earned tax dollars. We want action!

We’ve included The Seattle Times’ address so they, too, hear the outpouring of support for the elephants— as well as for the article.

In the subject line, make sure to use a word like: elephant, zoo, Chai, Bamboo

sally.bagshaw@seattle.gov, richard.conlin@seattle.gov, sally.clark@seattle.gov,   nick.licata@seattle.gov, bruce.harrell@seattle.gov, tim.burgess@seattle.govjean.godden@seattle.gov, mike.obrien@seattle.gov, tom.rasmussen@seattle.gov, larry.gossett@kingcounty.gov,  bob.ferguson@kingcounty.gov,  kathy.lambert@kingcounty.gov,  larry.phillips@kingcounty.gov,  julia.patterson@kingcounty.gov,  jane.hague@kingcounty.gov,  pete.vonreichbauer@kingcoounty.gov,  joe.mcdermott@kingcounty.govregan.dunn@kingcounty.gov, opinion@seattletimes.com

While writing an e-mail is appreciated, we understand that short letters or even postcards sent via regular mail have the greatest impact – do both!!!

Metropolitan King County Council
516 Third Ave., Rm. 1200
Seattle, WA 98104

Seattle City Council
PO Box 34025
Seattle, WA 98124-4025

For more information, go to www.freewpzelephants.org

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GLAMOUR BEASTS: The dark side of elephant captivity
Zoos’ efforts to preserve and propagate elephants have largely failed, both in Seattle and nationally. The infant-mortality rate for elephants in zoos is almost triple the rate in the wild…American zoos face swift and harsh punishment when their aged elephants are retired to a 2,300-acre sanctuary in the California foothills.

 

The ‘Times’ exposes the elephant abuse it once abetted
Don’t miss Michael J. Berens’ forceful account, in today’s Seattle Times, of a willful tragedy: American zoos’, and especially our own Woodland Park Zoo’s, merciless efforts to breed crowd-magnet baby elephants. But don’t imagine that this much-touted “exposé” is the first exposure of this sad, sorry business. And don’t let the Times off just yet for being a decade late in getting the story, after breathlessly cheering, ad nauseum, the very practices it now deplores.

 

Animal rights group sues California restaurant over foie gras ban
PETA sued a California restaurant on Wednesday that it says serves outlawed foie gras to patrons, in what appears to be the first lawsuit to enforce a state ban on the delicacy, PETA officials said.  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said that Hot’s Kitchen claimed to have stopped selling foie gras when a ban on producing or selling it took effect in July, but was offering it as a complimentary side dish to customers who order “THE Burger.”

 

PETA bosses refuse to back down over The Hobbit animal deaths
PETA media officer Wendy Wegner tells WENN, “Five whistleblowers reported more than two dozen animal deaths during the production of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. They raised concerns not just once but repeatedly to both the head wrangler and the head of production about the unsafe housing conditions for animals and about Shanghai the horse, who was hobbled – his legs reportedly tied together when he proved to be too energetic for his rider. But their concerns were outright ignored.



Research Animals Lost in Wolf Hunts Near Yellowstone

For Yellowstone scientists, the loss of the collared wolves isn’t so much a political or an emotional issue, as an issue of the viability of wildlife science.  They are particularly frustrated at the elimination of five wolves outfitted with tracking collars that had spent the majority of their time inside the park border, as well as two others that roamed had through the park though spent much of their time outside.


Life on the run: After six years in hiding, Canadian eco-radical surrenders to FBI
Ms. Rubin’s involvement with radical causes appears to have begun in the early 1990s, after she fell in with Canadian members of ALF and ELF. Their activities expanded into the United States. In 1997, Ms. Rubin allegedly took part in the release of 2,000 minks from a farm in Idaho.
also see http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2012/11/radical_environmentalist_rebec.html

 

Marshfield dog is first in state to win domestic violence protection order
A 6-year-old Labrador mix has become the first animal in the state to win protection from a new state law that allows endangered pets to be included in domestic violence restraining orders.
Orthodox Leader Deepens Progressive Stance on Environment
Other religious leaders, including Pope Benedict XVI, the Dalai Lama and the archbishop of Canterbury, have also called for responsible stewardship of the environment. But Bartholomew has gone further than most; some theologians call his stance revolutionary.  “Traditionally in Christianity, sin was what you did to other humans,” said Kallistos Ware, a prominent Orthodox theologian based in Britain, “but Bartholomew insisted that what you do to the animals, the air, the water, the land can be sinful, not just folly, and that was quite a change.”

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Time for the Elephants at Woodland Park Zoo

After years of diligent work, the Friends of the Woodland Park Zoo Elephants have still not gotten the zoo to even consider releasing Bamboo, Chai and Watoto to a sanctuary – making it clear that the zoo leadership cares more about revenue than the lives of the elephants themselves.

Elephants are genetically wired to spend up to 20 hours a day roaming across hundreds of miles. At Woodland Park Zoo (WPZ) the elephants must share less than a single acre of outdoor space. Depriving Bamboo, Chai and Watoto of adequate space causes them serious mental and physical harm.

In the wild elephants live in tropical and subtropical regions. Seattle’s cold climate forces the elephants indoors for an unacceptable amount of their lives. Bamboo, Chai and Watoto are locked in small barn stalls, barely able to move, for 16 to 17 hours a day for nearly 7 months of the year.

The elephants suffer from painful arthritis and bouts of colic. Chai and Bamboo endure chronic foot infections—the leading cause of death in zoo elephants—caused by lack of space. A complex social life, critical to elephants’ well being, is denied them and Watoto, the lone African elephant, is frequently kept in solitary confinement. All three elephants display neurotic repetitive behavior caused by high levels of stress and boredom—including pacing, swaying, and head bobbing.

Watoto indoors

Finally someone else has taken notice: The Seattle Times has published a story about the lives that these beautiful creatures face behind our bars: http://seattletimes.com/elephants. The article focuses on the horrific attempts for zoos to create more baby elephants, because they create such huge draws of patrons. More than 100 artificial insemination for the two girls. It also shares how zoos “train” these wild creatures.   Please read the piece and share this story with your friend and family who still support zoos so they can understand the cruelty behind their summer visits. Make sure that you and your family all write letters to the zoo asking them to release the elephants and put the elephants lives ahead of profit.

Now is this time. With this very public article,  the tragedy of captive elephants is revealed, but the zoo must hear from us too. They must become stewards of compassion for animals. Please:

Write to:  Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th Street, Seattle, WA  98103

Email: woodlandparkzoopr@zoo.org and zooinfo@zoo.org

Address letters to:
Dr. Deborah B. Jensen, President and CEO
Bruce Bohmke, Chief Operations Officer
Jamie Creola, VIce President of Education
Dr. Darin Collins, Director of Animal Health
Dr. Nancy Hawkes, General Curator
Valerie Krueger, Director of Finance
David Schaefer, Director of Communications & Public Affairs
Gigi Allianic, Media and Public Relations

Thank you for taking time out of your weekend to make a difference!

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