Action Alerts


Help End Maternal Deprivation Experiments at UW-Madison

Tell UW-Madison System President Kevin P. Reilly that depriving baby monkeys of their mothers and then terrorizing them is unacceptable, is NOT useful for humans and is horrifically cruel. Tell him to put a stop to Ned Kalin’s ridiculous experiments once and for all.

Over the past 18 years, Dr. Kalin’s research using monkeys to study the neurobiology of fear has cost taxpayers many millions of dollars. In the past ten years alone, it has cost us $5,075,798. [National Institutes of Health. Grant R01MH046729. Development and Regulation of Emotion in Primates.]

Contact:

Kevin P. Reilly, UW System President
phone (608) 262-2321
fax (608) 262-3985
kreilly@uwsa.edu
1720 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Kate Wodyn, Assistant to the President
kwodyn@uwsa.edu

 

 

Tell AFAR Travel Magazine To Stop Glorifying Fur Trapping

In the January-February 2013 issue of AFAR (a travel magazine), in an article featuring Quebec City, travel journalist Jennifer Kahn glorifies fur trapping, and marvels at pelts from beavers, wolves, ermines and lynx – animals killed by a local trapper.
As an educational and sophisticated travel magazine, AFAR should be aware of the incredible cruelty and torture of innocent animals involved in trapping for animal fur. Even companion animals like dogs and cats are frequently injured or killed in indiscriminate trapping devices.
Tell AFAR’s EVP Publisher and VP Associated Publisher that you oppose recreational and commercial trapping because it devastates animal populations, and the cruelty inherent in trapping should not be glorified in AFAR’s magazine or website.

Contact:

EVP, Publisher Ellen Asmodeo-Giglio
phone (646) 430-09894
ellen@afar.com

VP, Associate Publisher Bryan Kinkade
(phone (646) 873-6136
bryan@afar.com

Sales and Marketing
fax (212) 382-3559

News of Note


1,000 cats saved from Chinese dining table after being discovered in cramped cages when truck crashed
The cats were destined for the restaurants of Guangdong until the road accident in Changsha, Hunan province delayed the journey by 24 hours and enabled the 50 locals to rescue them.  They were nursed with food, water and milk before being packed off to Changsha Small Animal Protection Association for treatment.

 

Animal rights organization files suit against Santa Cruz Biotech
An animal rights group is suing Santa Cruz Biotechnology over alleged violations of animal welfare laws occurring throughout the past several years.  The suit was filed in Santa Cruz County Court on Thursday by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, on behalf of Ohio-based Stop Animal Exploitation Now. It seeks a permanent injunction to prevent Santa Cruz Biotech, an antibody production facility, from continuing to violate animal welfare regulations. The nonprofit and its executive director, Michael Budkie, allege that Santa Cruz Biotech has provided inadequate and improper medical care to unhealthy animals, primarily goats.

 

Lobsters and crabs can feel pain and take action to avoid it happening again
Chefs may have to think twice before plunging live lobsters into a simmering pot.  Scientists have proven that crabs and other crustaceans do feel pain, and are able to recall an unpleasant experience and take action to avoid it happening again.  Research has shown that when shore crabs are given small electric shocks while hiding in dark shelters, they try to escape being zapped again by opting to migrate to another hideout.


Farm show highlights controversial side of animal housing
A new exhibit at this year’s week-long Pennsylvania Farm Show introduced visitors – some 400,000 this year – to life inside of a typical working barn in the state.  Housed in the metal barn erected in the farm show’s food hall were dairy cows, calves, turkeys, ducks, chickens and pigs. Some visitors may have been alarmed to see how some animals, particularly chickens and pigs live.


Are the animal rights groups on to something?
I’d love to know the real story of the Canadian seal hunt. How far back does the federal government’s discomfort with it go? When did Ottawa start treating the hunt like Canada’s dirty little secret they didn’t want to talk about? As you know, Taiwan is the latest country to ban seal products. They’ve lined up with the EU, with Russia and Belarus and Kazakhstan, and with the U.S.  It’s too bad, really, that all Ottawa has offered up are a few empty phrases about its support for Canadian sealers.

Malaysia animal rights activists want more action after leopard found dead
Malaysia’s growing animal rights community has called on the government to do more to ensure the safety of animals in the country. They are speaking out after a leopard’s body was found on the side of the highway in the country.


College officials say support needed for animal rights threats
Officials with the Vermont college that was targeted by animal rights activists over its decision to slaughter two oxen says resources are needed to help farms and other businesses deal with online threats from activists.


Energy Industry Awaits U.S. Ruling on Prairie Chicken
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service, acting under the Endangered Species Act, will decide by the end of September whether to put the birds on its list of threatened species. Such a move could have serious repercussions for wind farms, as well as oil and gas drilling, conceivably halting activity in some areas. Those industries are fighting to keep it off the list.


Your Twitter Tips for Going Vegan
In this week’s Well column, “How to Go Vegan,”, we asked you to send in your favorite tips and tricks for adopting a solely plant-based diet on Twitter. We received a range of responses, from quirky ingredient combinations that replicate a nonvegan dish to simple mantras to get you in a vegan frame of mind. Here are some of our favorites. To see the entire list of submissions, visit the hashtag, #vegantips.

Action Alerts

 

Speak Out For Wolves

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is holding meetings this week concerning gray wolf recovery and management.  It’s important that they hear from Washington state residents who support wolf recovery instead of more wolf killing.  Attendees will be able to submit questions to a “panel of experts”.

The meetings are scheduled at three locations:

January 16th – Center Place Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley, 6-8 PM
January 17th – Office Building #2, at 14th Ave. and Jefferson St., Olympia, 2:30-5 PM
January 18th – Magnuson Park’s Garden Room, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 6-8 PM

Wolf opponents may be present in force demanding that more wolves are killed.

Please plan to attend and speak out for the wolves.  Tell WDFW to protect endangered species instead of cattle and hunting interests.

 

 

Help Stopped Elephants Being Shipped to China

Born Free was shocked to learn that 4 elephants were taken from the wild in Zimbabwe and exported to Chinese zoos, one of which subsequently died not long after arrival. We are also very concerned that there are reportedly a further 14 elephants at the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe that have also been earmarked for export.

In the wild, elephants live long lives in social and ecological complexity. Taking them from the wild and sending them overseas to a life in captivity is unacceptable. We have seen photos of the elephant enclosure at one of the Chinese zoos where the first Zimbabwe elephants were sent, and it is woefully inadequate and completely barren.

We are raising our concerns in the strongest possible terms with the Zimbabwean and Chinese authorities. We are also making an official complaint to the CITES authorities, the body responsible for overseeing the international trade in endangered species. It was the Zimbabwe CITES authority that would have approved the issuing of permits allowing these elephants to leave the country.

You can help by writing polite letters of concern about the export of elephants from Zimbabwe with the Minister responsible for wildlife at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the Director of National Parks, contact details below:

His Excellency Mr Francis Nhema, Minister of Environment
Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources
11th Floor
Kaguvi House
Between 4th and 5th Street
Harare
Zimbabwe

Minister Nhema – Email: environment@gta.gov.zw

Mr. Edson Chidziya
Acting Director of National Parks
Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority
P.O. Box CY 140
Causeway
Harare
Zimbabwe

Mr Edson Chidziya – Email: echidziya@zimparks.co.zw

Thank you.


Iditarod mushers drown innocent puppies

Iditarod dogs suffer horrendous cruelty every day of their lives. Please help these dogs by sending protest emails to the 2013 race supporters. Mushers have drowned, shot, bludgeoned and dragged many dogs to death. For example, Iditarod musher Dave Olesen drowned a litter of newborn puppies. Another musher got rid of unwanted puppies by tying them in a bag and tossing the bag in a creek. Mushers even have a saying about not breeding dogs unless they can drown them: “Those who cannot drown should not breed.”

Terrible things happen to dogs during the Iditarod. This includes: death, bloody diarrhea, paralysis, frostbite (where it hurts the most!), bleeding ulcers, lung damage, pneumonia, ruptured discs, viral diseases, kennel cough, broken bones, torn muscles and extreme stress. At least 142 dogs have died in the race, including four dogs who froze to death in the brutal cold.

Veterinary care during the Iditarod is poor. In the 2012 race, one of Lance Mackey’s male dogs ripped out all of his 16 toenails trying to get to a female who was in heat. This type of broken toenail is extremely painful. Mackey, a four-time Iditarod winner, said he was too stubborn to leave this dog at a checkpoint and veterinarians allowed Mackey to continue to race him. Imagine the agony the dog was forced to endure.

Here’s another example: Veterinarians have allowed dogs with kennel cough to race in the Iditarod even though dogs with this disease should be kept warm and given lots of rest. Strenuous exercise can cause lung damage, pneumonia and even death. To make matters worse, kennel cough is a highly contagious disease that normally lasts from 10 to 21 days.

Most Internet service providers allow people to send up to 40 email addresses at a time. For your convenience, email addresses for the 2013 Iditarod sponsors, promoters, and musher sponsors have been divided into groups of 40. Please email the first group first. Scroll down to find the sample letter. Under it you’ll find individual email addresses for race supporters. Email groups with semicolons are on http://www.helpsleddogs.org/sponsors.htm. The Sled Dog Action Coalition has documentation to prove what it says and will provide it upon request.

GROUP ONE OF FOUR:

David.lauren@ralphlauren.com, sergio.marchionne@fiatspa.com, richard.edelman@edelman.com, msft@microsoft.com, dreiss@canada-goose.com, reuben.gamoran@effem.com, rhonda.germany@honeywell.com, Patrick.t.mulva@exxonmobil.com, gfayard@na.ko.com, john.mulligan@target.com, snisbet@globusfamily.com, mark.eliasen@alaskaair.com, rick@ricksteves.com, bob.toevs@dish.com, rstaton@dennys.com, smason@smuk.org.uk, denise.vaughn@ferguson.com, investorrelations@famousdaves.com, marketing@shemin.net, customersupport@napaonline.com, todd.lachman@effem.com, nraabe@theatlantic.com, kspreekmeester@canada-goose.com, Salvado.ml@pg.com, multimedia@dhs.gov, clewis@berwind.com, matthew.harrington@edelman.com, patrick.taylor@meredith.com, lhubbard@carhartt.com, luis_silberwasser@discovery.com, nconan@npr.org, reid.bigland@chrysler.com, David.M.Carroll@wellsfargo.com, corth@tdw.com, ptalamantes@mcclatchy.com, gpanagos@barrick.com, melanie.hennessey@novagold.com, annezcooke@cs.com, stephen.meer@intrado.com, info@non-stopdogwear.no, Kdanforth@principalmedia.com

GROUP TWO OF FOUR:

Theodore.J.Wojnar@exxonmobil.com, mukent@na.ko.com, pr@halliburton.com, contactus@jjkeller.com,

DLevine@kldistributor.com, marianne.amssoms@ab-inbev.com, lburke@outsidemag.com, cynthiamartinez@rccl.com, lblack@apollolp.com, hk.marketing@starcruises.com, info@tpg.com, media@carnival.com, srobison@prestigecruiseholdings.com, david.anderson@honeywell.com, Kipp.Erickson@pfizer.com, liz.paley@ralphlauren.com, mavara@horizonlines.com, customerservice@nr4e.com, martin.melzer@scurion.ch, info@ibex.com, dsoenksen@aperio.com, ir-usa@shell.com, michael.brune@sierraclub.org, info@edmondswa.com, david_browne@wcmhar.org, pdoyle@adn.com, companysecretary@millenniumhotels.co.uk, Todd.Hofheins@providence.org, rabqa@claytoncorp.com, info@buffalopeak.net, sales@dsrglobal.com, reservations@beringair.com, aihsales@aihalaska.com, dwspencer@microlinetc.com, l.parker@craigtaylorequipment.com, mlambert@miamiherald.com, AMarques@MiamiHerald.com, phenderson@alaskanbeer.com, investor_relations@amerco.com, stephen.hughes@chicagoparkdistrict.com

GROUP THREE OF FOUR:

don@alaskafloats.com, kgood@scholastic.com, BradB@Silversea.com, dmorris@gci.com, scott.kirby@lifemedalaska.com, jcmartin@mtaonline.net, DCoumerilh@TridentSeafoods.com, dha@anderesoil.com, amitchell@mitchelltax.com, mahays@mahaysjetboat.com, lodging@mtaonline.net, cafemichele@matnet.com, info@pizzapietalkeetna.com, lat62@alaska.net, info@alaskawildrose.com, info@mckinleyflighttours.com, info@skytrekkingalaska.com, info@crystalcreeklodge.com, info@tangleriverinn.com, dmichels@nomealaska.org, mayor@muni.org, alcansigns@alaska.net, enisson@nacargo.com, info@penair.com, admin@manitobah.ca, info@aceaircargo.com, help@mtaonline.net, frontsales@accupoint.com, office@kenaiveterinaryhospital.com, jhawks@groundeffectmedia.com, Info@TripleCreekRanch.com, sales@icicleseafoods.com, franchising@batteriesplus.com, dan@lupinenorthamerica.com, info@packard-1.com, hotels@fdifairbanks.com, hhylen@beaconohss.com, shauna@lumberjacksports.com, info@yummychummies.com, dpowers@akserigraphics.com, sales@akmining.com

GROUP FOUR OF FOUR:

info@bradleyreid.com, carolyn@sprocketheads.com, info@intuitionliners.com, customerservice@northernoutfitters.com, info@trapperscreek.com, phil@cacalaska.com, info@st-eliashospital.com, sales@genevawoods.com, info@usibelli.com, qiviut@gci.net, Info@AnchorageSatellitePhones.com, gfandrei@ciaanet.org, info@livelargedesign.com, michele@kaladi.com, broker@mtaonline.net, sellit@tds.net, michael@kasilofenterprises.com, mikes@harborent.com, international@grabberworld.com, hamilton@fishcreekalaska.com, info@lcitw.com, akiaknc@unicom-alaska.com, ccalhoun@ahmpnet.org, mccluskeym@apcointl.org, pr@viator.com, ewaite@sbsalaska.com, info@dogbooties.com, kharris@willcountyillinois.com, Admin@McKinleyWelding.com, surfaceworks@mtaonline.net, heritage@mtaonline.net, cwillard@ryanalaska.com, alpinecreeklodgealaska@gci.net, snug@snugharborseafoods.com, info@flydenali.net, thardt@asrc.com, wiggys@wiggys.com, info@selwynresources.com, ktaylor@remingtontech.net, greg.waller@teck.com, contact@redpawfeed.com, science@tigerscience.com

SAMPLE LETTER (Please personalize)

Dear Iditarod Supporter:

Iditarod dogs suffer horrendous cruelty every day of their lives. Please end your organization’s support of this event. Mushers have drowned, shot, bludgeoned and dragged many dogs to death. For example, Iditarod musher Dave Olesen drowned a litter of newborn puppies. Another musher got rid of unwanted puppies by tying them in a bag and tossing the bag in a creek. Mushers even have a saying about not breeding dogs unless they can drown them: “Those who cannot drown should not breed.”

Terrible things happen to dogs during the Iditarod. This includes: death, bloody diarrhea, paralysis, frostbite (where it hurts the most!), bleeding ulcers, lung damage, pneumonia, ruptured discs, viral diseases, kennel cough, broken bones, torn muscles and extreme stress. At least 142 dogs have died in the race, including four dogs who froze to death in the brutal cold.

Veterinary care during the Iditarod is poor. In the 2012 race, one of Lance Mackey’s male dogs ripped out all of his 16 toenails trying to get to a female who was in heat. This type of broken toenail is extremely painful. Mackey, a four-time Iditarod winner, said he was too stubborn to leave this dog at a checkpoint and veterinarians allowed Mackey to continue to race him. Imagine the agony the dog was forced to endure.

Here’s another example: Veterinarians have allowed dogs with kennel cough to race in the Iditarod even though dogs with this disease should be kept warm and given lots of rest. Strenuous exercise can cause lung damage, pneumonia and even death. To make matters worse, kennel cough is a highly contagious disease that normally lasts from 10 to 21 days.

Iditarod dogs endure brutal training. Jeanne Olson, who has been a veterinarian in Alaska since 1988, confirmed the brutality used by mushers training dogs for the Iditarod. She talked about dogs having cracked ribs, broken jaws or skulls from mushers using two-by-fours for punishment. In an article published by the University of Alaska, Dr. Olson said, “There are mushers out there whose philosophy is…that if that dog acts up I will hit that dog to the point where it would rather die than do what it did, ’cause the next time it is gonna die.'”

For more facts about Iditarod dog cruelties: Sled Dog Action Coalition, http://www.helpsleddogs.org.

Please end your organization’s association with this horrific race.

Sincerely,

LISTS OF SPONSORS:
Go here to find information so you can contact Iditarod race sponsors and promoters
http://www.helpsleddogs.org/sponsors.htm#idit

Go here to find information so you can contact Iditarod musher supporters
http://www.helpsleddogs.org/sponsors.htm#musher

News of Note

 

2013: Year of the vegan?
Move over, bacon-flavored chocolate. If trend trackers — who are predicting an increased interest in mock meats, vegan foods for infants and other animal-free options — are correct, 2013 just might be the year of the vegan. Even the Cooking Channel is getting in on the act. The popular cable channel recently aired the first mainstream vegan cooking show, “How to Live to 100.”

 

How to Go Vegan
When I first heard former President Bill Clinton talk about his vegan diet, I was inspired to make the switch myself. After all, if a man with a penchant for fast-food burgers and Southern cooking could go vegan, surely I could too.

 

Could You Go Vegan For Two Weeks?
You can’t understand a person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes, the old saying goes. It’s an adage that can be applied to our conversations with our vegetarian and vegan counterparts, who have foregone animal products in their diet for a multitude of reasons. Braver than I are two meat lovers, Danielle Beard and David Hayden, who tossed their beloved burgers, bacon, leather boots and cosmetics in order to complete a two-week vegan challenge they started on Jan. 14.

 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel Endorses Rip Esselstyn’s Vegan Plan
“Essentially, what I’m trying to do is to get America to eat healthier. Right now we’re just drowning ourselves in dairy products; too many animal products; red meat; processed refined foods; [and] so we need to become a nation of plant-strong responsible eaters,” Esselstyn said about his diet.

 

Animal rights activists plan direct action against beagle imports
Animal rights activists are planning direct action against any airline that agrees to bring a consignment of beagles into the UK, where they will be used to test new medicines, the Guardian has learned.  A facility in Sweden that houses the animals and is owned by the pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca is closing and the firm is moving around 300 beagles to the UK.

 

How Much Is a Pet Worth? Texas Supreme Court to Rule on Dog’s Sentimental Value
A case that may reflect a pet owner’s worst nightmare has made its way to the Texas Supreme Court, which must decide if a family can place sentimental value on a pet that was accidentally euthanized.


What’s More Important: Fried Chicken or Animal Rights?

It seems, even in this Pamela Anderson-approved PETA age of battery cage awareness, fast food chains still have their fans. Their weirdly aggressive, over-eager fans. That got us thinking: what’s more important: fried chicken or animal rights?

 

No Longer a Target, Whales Are Collateral Damage
The whaling industry has changed beyond recognition since 1970, when 39,000 whales a year were being killed. In 2012, the worldwide total was 1,000. But far more whales are dying every year because of human activities, and the problems that caused whale populations to plummet worldwide are now affecting fish.

 

State senator cited for violating Horse Protection Act
Tennessee Walking Horse enthusiast and Kentucky state Sen. Robin Webb has been cited for allegedly violating the Horse Protection Act after two of her horses were found to have scars that may have been caused by soring. Webb denied having any involvement with soring. She has opposed a bill that calls for banning pads, chains and other “action devices” that can be used in soring horses. The AVMA has supported such a ban.


For Feral Cats, a Few New Places to Call Home
Eight New York City architects and designers proudly displayed their new low-cost houses at a show in Manhattan on Thursday, and not a single client was present. Feral cats are like that.  No matter, like all good designers, the ones whose work was on display at “Architects for Animals: Giving Shelter,” a daylong event at the Steelcase showroom in Midtown Manhattan, had taken pains to address the needs of the users.

 

300 Cats, Yes. Craziness, No.
If you are picturing a crazy lady living among mountains of newspapers, with a pack of yowling cats stinking up the place, forget it.  Even on a winter day, there is a pine-scented breeze. The wood-burning stove keeps everything so cozy that the windows and doors are open, so the cats (42 at last count) and dogs (seven) can come and go as they please.  Roger Manley, the curator of the Gregg Museum at North Carolina State University, where Ms. Scarpa’s ceramic art will be exhibited next fall, calls her “the Mother Teresa of animals” and compares her to Albert Schweitzer, “taking care of everybody, out in the woods.”


ETHS adds vegetarian lunch options as part of Meatless Monday campaign
For the first lunch of the new year, Evanston Township High School students had additional vegetarian options as part of the school’s participation in a national meat-free meal campaign. The school’s Meatless Mondays campaign was started by the Humane Society of the United States, a national non-profit that advocates for animal rights.

Action Alerts

 

 

Ask Major Airlines to Stop Transporting Nonhuman Primates Destined for Use in Research Laboratories
Last month, Air Canada announced that it would no longer transport nonhuman primates bound for use in research facilities in large part because of the power of public opinion. Air Canada joins a number of other major airlines, including American, Delta, Lufthansa, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Air China and many others that have stopped transporting nonhuman primates for research. Before we can count this as a true victory, we need to keep the momentum going and contact the following airlines that continue to transport nonhuman primates destined for use in laboratories and urge them to stop this practice.

CONTACT:
United Airlines
Customer Care
United Airlines, Inc.
900 Grand Plaza Drive NHCCR
Houston, TX 77067-4323
Online contact form

Air France
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/airfrance
Online contact form:

China Eastern
Online contact form:

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Your voice needs to be heard. Please contact these airlines and tell them:

You are disappointed that they are involved with transporting nonhuman primates destined for use in laboratories
Other major airlines, including Air Canada, Air China, American, Delta, Lufthansa, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and many others have already abandoned this cruel practice
To adopt policies against the transport of nonhuman primates bound for use in laboratories.

 

Ask the USDA to Seize Abused Bears
In 2012, PETA conducted an undercover investigation at Chief Saunooke Bear Park (CSBP), a roadside collection of bear pits in Cherokee, North Carolina. CSBP confines bears to desolate concrete cells, where they are forced to beg for food and are deprived of all that is natural and important to them.
PETA’s investigator found that the bored and frustrated bears turn endlessly in circles. One of them routinely rocks back and forth—a sign of profound deprivation and stress. They bite the metal cage bars, which breaks their teeth. This is painful and can cause bone infections, so it requires veterinary care, but PETA’s investigator never saw a veterinarian at CSBP or the bears given any pain relief.
In June 2012, the USDA charged CSBP with violating the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and requested that its license be revoked or suspended. PETA submitted its evidence, which shows that many apparent AWA violations continue to occur, to the USDA and asked that it confiscate CSBP’s bears.
Please take a moment to request that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) immediately confiscate all bears from CSBP and work with PETA to place them in a safe, accredited sanctuary.
TAKE ACTION NOW: http://links.causes.com/s/clH6Cl?r=K9aV

 

Transportation Safety Administration: Stop losing our pets!
Sign the petition asking the TSA to implement a new policy on how to handle pets, including asking pet owners if they’d like to be screened in an enclosed room to reduce their pet’s stress and establishing a protocol on how to react if an animal does get loose.
Sign at Change.org

 

News of Note

 

Sea otters victorious in decades-long struggle with U.S. government
The long war between otters and the U.S. federal government is finally over, and the otters have won.  The Los Angeles Times reports that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has abandoned its plan to relocate otters from coastal waters reserved for commercial fisherman.  For the past 25 years, the government agency had been working to relocate the otters, but was finally forced to admit the program had been a failure.

 

Seizures of Illegal Ivory Are Rising in Hong Kong
Customs officials in Hong Kong announced on Friday their third large seizure of smuggled ivory in less than three months, saying they had intercepted 779 elephant tusks weighing 2,900 pounds in a container originating from Kenya. Demand from an increasingly affluent Asia and improved international trade and transport links have caused the trade in ivory and other wildlife products to soar in recent years, pushing many species to the brink. At the same time, enforcement and penalties remain weak in many countries, constituting little deterrent to smugglers and poachers, conservationists say.

 

Alarming sight: thousands of shark fins drying on Hong Kong rooftop
The number of shark fins set out to dry like the morning laundry on a Hong Kong factory building rooftop is staggering. To look at the accompanying images and video, revealing perhaps 10,000 fins, and to grasp that sharks are being slaughtered at a furious pace so their fins can be used to make soup, one cannot help but wonder how many years will pass before at least some shark species are banished to extinction.

 

136 pets left unclaimed after Sandy face uncertain future.
The New York City shelter housing 280 pets displaced by Superstorm Sandy must shut down and, with nearly half the animals still unclaimed, cannot rule out euthanizing any left behind. An uncertain future lies ahead for 52 cats and 84 dogs who remain in the Brooklyn emergency boarding facility run by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, spokeswoman Kelly Krause said on Thursday.

 
Animal cruelty a key in later violent behavior
Can we predict who will abuse animals and who might commit heinous crimes, including mass murder? Quite possibly. Researchers feel confident that animal abuse is an early indicator of future violence toward other humans. For example, in a study of 314 inmates published in the journal Child Abuse & Neglect (1997), University of Iowa professors Karla Miller and John Knutson found that a high percentage of the subjects charged with violent crimes, including murder, initially engaged in various types of animal cruelty.


Vegan’s religious accommodation case can proceed
A federal district court in Cincinnati has refused to dismiss a case in which a hospital customer service representative who was fired for refusing to get a flu shot contended she was entitled to religious accommodation because of her veganism.

 

Smithfield progresses toward transition away from gestation crates
Pork producer Smithfield Foods announced its progress in 2012 toward ending the practice of keeping pregnant sows in small metal crates on Thursday.  Company owned hog-raising facilities in the U.S. are 38 percent converted from the gestation stalls to group housing, according to a news release, which puts Smithfield on pace for being fully switched over by 2017. The company also said its international operations in Mexico and Europe would be fully converted by 2022.

 

Steve-O goes vegan
You know him as one of the stars of “Jackass” and the host of “Killer Karaoke” but now, Steve-O is speaking out on a much more serious topic. Steve-O teamed up with Farm Sanctuary in a new documentary called “What Came Before”.  The documentary, narrated by Steve-O, profiles three animals who either escaped or were rescueD from factory farms.

 

A Vegan Resolution
If one of your goals for 2013 is more healthful eating, the Recipes for Health columnist Martha Rose Shulman can get you started. She has proposed five delicious vegan meals for the New Year that may also save you some money.

 
The 30-Day Vegan Challenge
Did you consume more than your fair share of turkey, roast beef and spiral ham this holiday season? Perhaps it’s time to consider The Thirty-Day Vegan Challenge, a multimedia online program, created by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, featuring written, audio and video content to give you everything you need to jumpstart your body back into action.

 

Animal rights advocate claims horses mistreated on cancelled HBO series ‘Luck’
Barbara Casey’s lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles claims underweight, sick and drugged horses were used to film the series focused on the horse racing industry.  The series starring Dustin Hoffman was cancelled in March after four horses died while in production.  Casey was working for the American Humane Association overseeing the well-being of the horses and says she was wrongfully fired after complaining about inhumane conditions on the show.

You Are An Agent of History

The Bad News:

We humans systematically breed, torture, and brutally kill billions of animals each year for pleasure. We do unspeakable things to our fellow earthlings – creatures with physical and emotional needs similar to ours. Most people’s eyes, hearts, and minds are closed to these horrors. Most of us are complicit and literally pay others to do these atrocious deeds to animals. It is happening right now as you read this. Millions are in pain, suffering, dying without hope in crates, shackles, cages, and boxes all over the world. 98% of human society finds this is acceptable.

The Good News:

Things change. Just in the past 5 years the blinders have started to fall, people from all backgrounds around the world have been moving in droves to a more compassionate and reasonable lifestyle. People have taken to the streets in Italy, Cork, Syracuse, Turkey, and of course, Seattle to speak out for those who can’t speak for themselves. Almost every week you hear of a new influential person who is trying veganism. There are more positive sentiments online around veganism than there are negative. The tide is very slowly turning.

 

What Matters:

Things don’t change without us. We are the problem and the solution. The animals in cages today, and their offspring for generations to come, are counting on YOU AND ME to help them, to do something. There is no magical group working working for their rights and freedom except us. You, me, your mom, you weird cousin, that guy holding a sign by himself in the rain outside the UW Primate Testing Facility. We are their hope. If we don’t tell people what is happening to animals, hearts will remain hard and closed. If we don’t work to change things, they won’t change. The suffering will continue unabated. If we chose being popular over fighting injustice, then we should all despair.

|| OBSERVE || PUBLIC OPINIONS || Animal Rights Protest March || Dame Street || Dublin || Republic of Ireland ||

So What? You matter. Right now, decide to use your talents, energy, and love to work to evolve the human race. Join the groups that will push society into a saner, kinder, and more sustainable future. By helping to open others’ hearts and minds, you’ll open cages. Every animal counts. Every cage matters. The way we are in the world is the root of evil, and we must strike at the roots.

Being vegan means you’ll be on the right side of history. But being an activist means you are an agent of history.

If you aren’t sure how to get started, come to the next NARN open meeting January 13.

 

“It does not take a majority to prevail … but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” – Samuel Adams