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

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Hi, I'm Rachel and I've been active with NARN as long as I've been vegan 13 years! I made the choice to be vegan after learning about what happens to egg laying chickens and dairy cows. I had previously been vegetarian for 7 years because I finally made the connection that beef came from cows and pork came from pigs (duh, I know). I didn't want my food choices to cause the death of an animal. It just seems like common sense to not eat animals if you care at all about animals, the earth or your fellow human beings. I became active with NARN because after I found out about the atrocities happening to animals, I felt that I had to do what I could to help stop these injustices. NARN is local, puts the animals first, and networks with other groups. We aren't worried about getting credit - just helping the animals. One of my favorite quotes is: "I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all." ~ Leo Rosten and "Progress in every age results only from the fact that there are some men and women who refuse to believe that what they know to be right cannot be done." --Russell W. Davenport

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