About Jean

Why vegan? I've been vegan since 2000, when I read Diet for a New America and learned about the horrible treatment of animals in factory farms. I'd been a vegetarian for a long time before then. I've always loved animals and I want to work toward ending their suffering. I believe animals have the right to live their lives in peace. Why NARN? I joined NARN shortly after I moved to Seattle from Toronto, Canada. I met a couple of interesting people at the NARN table at a summer festival and was happy to find like-minded souls in my new, adopted home. I plugged in whenever I could and was so happy to have a network of people to lean on. It's wonderful to know I'm not alone in my concern for how animals are treated.

Have your say about the Seattle Parks zoo assignment

Woodland Park Zoo Elephant logo

Very soon, a new Seattle City Council Chair of Parks will be selected. The Parks Chair oversees Woodland Park Zoo. Bamboo, Chai and Watoto are the three elephants who have lived 45, 33 and 43 years, respectively, on display at the Zoo. They need a council member who is concerned about their welfare to be the next Parks Chair.

Please ask Sally Clark (City Council President), Ed Murray (the Mayor-elect) and the other City Council members to choose a City Council member who will work with the Zoo to retire the elephants to a sanctuary in a warmer climate with hundreds of acres to roam.

Contacts:
mayoraltransition@seattle.gov
Sally.Clark@seattle.gov
Sally.Bagshaw@seattle.gov
Tim.Burgess@seattle.gov
Richard.Conlin@seattle.gov
Bruce.Harrell@seattle.gov
Nick.Licata@seattle.gov
Tom.Rasmussen@seattle.gov
Mike.OBrien@seattle.gov

What you might want to know:

The Zoo-appointed Task Force’s recommendations should not be used to determine the elephants’ fate. Their bias was clear, with 5 out of the 14 being current or former Zoo Board members and many others having a clear conflict of interest. The Zoo Board will make their decision about Bamboo, Chai and Watoto’s future early next year.

Friends of WPZ Elephants commissioned a survey using Research Now, an independent research company. The findings debunk the Zoo’s cherished catchphrase and the Task Force’s justification for keeping the elephants: That seeing an elephant will inspire people “to learn, care and act to help conserve elephants and their habitats in the wild.”

NOT SO—NOT EVEN CLOSE:

  • 97% of survey respondents knew about elephant poaching for their ivory. They learned about this crisis from print and media—not from Woodland Park Zoo.
  • 88% of people who saw the elephants at the Zoo didn’t change to whom they donate or products that they buy.

Our wet and cold climate is wrong for elephants. It forces Bamboo, Chai and Watoto to be locked up in a tiny, barren stall for 16 to 17 hours a day for over half of the year. It’s like you being locked up in a broom closet.
Watoto in a box

Please write a polite email asking for the new Parks Chair to be someone who will work with Woodland Park Zoo to retire Bamboo, Chai and Watoto to a sanctuary so they may have a humane quality of life.

Thanks so much,
Nancy Pennington and Alyne Fortgang
Co-founder, Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants
A NARN Campaign
206-595-7770

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Spaceless in Seattle — heartbreak at Woodland Park Zoo

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Billy the chimpanzee featured on Chelsea Lately

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Many of you might have seen that a chimpanzee named Billy was on the show Chelsea Lately last week. Billy was seen rocking and showing his top teeth–a clear sign of distress. The show said they would have Billy back the next night, and despite hearing from thousands of people to please not air Billy again, they went ahead with the segment anyway.

We want to continue to put pressure on the show and on Chelsea Handler, the host of the show. Not only are there numerous welfare concerns, but seeing chimpanzees alongside humans perpetuates the pet trade.

Studies also show that since chimpanzees are so prevalent in media, people aren’t aware of their endangered status. Please speak up for Billy and all chimpanzees still used in entertainment and ask Chelsea to issue a mea culpa about Billy’s appearance and promise to never use apes on her production again.

Please send a polite letter to her, c/o Tom Brunelle, letting her know that chimps like Billy should not be used in entertainment.

You may send your letter to Chelsea Handler c/o Tom Brunelle at tom@borderlineamazing.com

Sample Letter to Chelsea Lately:

[Date]
Dear Ms. Handler:

I was disappointed to hear that Chelsea Lately had Billy the chimpanzee on the show, and despite hearing from concerned advocates, aired a second appearance by Billy. You should know that great apes used in entertainment are torn away from their mothers as infants, often repeatedly beaten during training, and then discarded when they become too strong to be managed.

Using a chimpanzee for a cheap laugh sends the message that these amazing beings are simply props. Surely you are aware that chimpanzees are endangered species in critical need of protection?

Please make the compassionate decision to issue a mea culpa for airing Billy’s segments two nights in a row, and pledge to never exploit great apes for entertainment purposes again. Thank you for your consideration of my comments on this urgent matter.

Sincerely,
[Your name here]
[Your city & state]

If you send an e-mail to Chelsea, please BCC Eyes on Apes at EyesOnApes@ChimpsNW.org for tracking purposes. Thank you!

~reposted on behalf of Eyes on Apes~

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Fur-Free Friday

After helping to spread the vegan message to holiday shoppers, Please join Action for Animals in demonstrations at both Nordstrom and Macy’s. These stores continue to sell the fur of animals who have been cruelly killed by such methods as drowning, poisoning, strangulation, genital electrocution, and being trapped or beaten to death.

When: Friday, November 29th @ 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Where: Seattle Downtown Nordstrom (500 Pine Street)

The demonstration will begin at Nordstrom at noon. At 1:00pm we will march to Macy’s where the protest will continue until 2:00pm.

Signs and flyers will be provided; you just need to show up! The more people we have speaking up for the animals the better, so please be there and invite your friends and family to attend! You can invite people through the Facebook event page.

Please remember to not wear any animal-sourced clothing (leather, wool, feathers, down, etc.). We want people to stay focused on our message of not exploiting animals.

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Fur is not the only animal-sourced clothing that is a product of exploitation and cruelty. For more about how animals are exploited for clothing, see AFA’s skin trade info.

If you have questions or need more info, contact info@afa-online.org.

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Holiday Vegan Outreach

Help spread compassion to animals this holiday season!

So many people come to downtown Seattle on the day after Thanksgiving. That’s why NARN will be there! We’re going to take advantage of the crowds who attend the Holiday Parade and spread the message of compassion for all.

If you can help distribute copies of Why Vegan, Vegan Holiday Recipes or Vegan Starter Kits, please contact rachel@narn.org

When: Friday, November 29th @ 9:00am – 11:30am
Where:
Westlake Park (meet at corner of Pine & 4th Ave – near Starbucks)

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Speak up against animal testing lab expansions!

You may have heard that the University of Washington wants to expand their animal research facilities. Tomorrow, November 14th, is a chance to speak up for animals and say NO to the expansion!

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Every Thursday, the UW Board of Regents meet. The expansion is on this week’s agenda. Action for Animals has a Facebook event that you can join. And a petition you can sign. Here’s more from their action alert:

The agenda for THIS Thursday’s University of Washington Board of Regents meeting includes “Animal Research and Care Facility – Approve Site Selection, Adopt Project Budget, and Approve the Use of the Internal Lending Program.” This agenda item is referring to approving a new animal research facility on the UW campus. This means that we have just TWO days to tell the Board of Regents to NOT approve this animal lab expansion, which will allow the UW to double the number of primates, rabbits, and pigs who are tortured for “research” and subjected to the UW’s history of animal abuse and neglect.

This is the final countdown to the Board’s vote on the new animal research facility. Let’s show the Board that they must listen to opposition to the lab, and that it is time for the University of Washington to stop investing in the use of animals.

What you can do:

1) Visit the online petition to the Board of Regents at http://www.change.org/petitions/university-of-washington-board-of-regents-do-not-approve-new-animal-research-and-care-facility. This petition will be printed out and presented to the Board during their meeting, so sign it, email it to friends, post it on Facebook — promote it in whatever way you can!

2) Call the office of the Board of Regents at 206-543-1633. Help make sure that this last whole day before the vote is filled with phone calls asking the Board to NOT approve the animal research facility. Send an email as well to the Board at regents@uw.edu. Ask your friends and family to join you in contacting the Board!

3) Attend the meeting of the Board of Regents tomorrow. When the Regents are considering their votes, let’s make sure that they are in a room that is filled with people who they know want them to vote AGAINST the lab expansion! If you can attend the meeting, please meet outside the UW Tower at the corner of NE 45th St. and Brooklyn Ave. NE at 12:45pm SHARP. We’ll talk briefly and then walk together into the meeting, which is on the 22nd floor of the UW Tower. Please also help to encourage other people to attend the meeting so that we can fill up the room! You can use the Facebook page about the meeting to invite people: https://www.facebook.com/events/207612259423856/

We don’t often have the chance to oppose labs before they’re even built, so please be a part of making a strong statement of opposition on behalf of the animals. You are welcome (and encouraged!) to forward this email as widely as you like. Let me know if you have any questions, and I hope to see you on Thursday!

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Come to Animal Activism 301

If you’re interested in expanding your reach and making a bigger impact for animals, come to Animal Activism 301. You don’t have to have attended the first two sessions to benefit from this one.

The focus of this session is avoiding burnout and staying sane!

We’ll continue our discussion of how to be an effective activist. How do animal rights activists bear the things we know? Stress impacts us all, but with the right physical and emotional self-care we can remain committed, useful advocates.

Sunday, November 17th, 2013
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cascade People’s Center
309 Pontius Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109

If you’re planning on attending, RSVP on Facebook. We’d love to know how many people to expect (and how many snacks to bring!).

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World Vegan Day

Happy World Vegan Day!

World Vegan Day was started in 1994 to celebrate The Vegan Society’s 50th anniversary. The Vegan Society formed in the UK in 1944. That was the year that the term “vegan” was coined and defined.

Vegans come in all shapes and sizes and walks of life. It’s hard to generalize who a vegan is. Here is a bit of information about what vegans strive for:

Vegans abstain from animal products. Food wise, that means meat (including fish), eggs, and dairy. Veganism extends to other areas as well. Vegans don’t wear animal products (fur, leather, wool, silk, feathers, or any other item from an animal), or use household products containing animal ingredient or products tested on animals. Vegans don’t support captive animals acts like those in the circus or SeaWorld.

Vegans view animals as the sentient beings that they are, and not commodities to be exploited and used by humans. You can read our Vegan FAQs for answers to many questions about being vegan.

vegan starterNovember is World Vegan Month. A perfect time to go vegan. One way to start your journey is by ordering a vegan starter pack. Several organizations have packs to help you get started. The packs include things like recipes, nutritional info, and compelling reasons to go vegan.

 

 

vegan mentor programIf you’re already vegan, and need a bit of support, you can join the vegan mentor program, which matches new vegans with established vegans so you can make a smooth and lasting transition to veganism. It’s nice to know you’re not alone in your quest for a cruelty-free life.

 

So whether you’re just thinking about veganism or you’re well on your way, World Vegan Day is a great time to make a commitment to the animals, the earth, and your health.

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Giving livestock isn’t charitable

Imagine, if you will, that you live in an impoverished community in an underdeveloped nation. Your one-room hut has a dirt floor without electricity or running water. You have to a make a fire just so you can cook. Food is scarce but you do your best to feed your children.

Then a western charity gives you a cow (or goat, or maybe a flock of chickens) so you can use this animal to improve your life. Sounds good, right?

Not so fast.

Ever raised a cow? Tried predator-proofing a chicken coop? Taking care of animals is hard to do. It’s a real burden, especially for people trying to raise a family and meet their basic needs.

Cow in Africa

Livestock costs a lot. Animals get sick and require vet care, they drink a lot of water (water that might not be easily accessible), and they eat food that could be used to feed people. Animals eat more than they produce. Often the price of food for livestock is greater than the money families can get from selling milk or meat.

The chances of the animals getting good care (when people can’t give their families proper care) are slim. Sometimes animals are used as currency and are bartered away. Other times children are pulled out of school to tend to the animals.

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Eating high on the food chain isn’t wise. But western charities promoting western lifestyles and diets, would make you think it’s ideal. By introducing western eating habits, they’re introducing western diseases. The majority of people in countries where livestock is gifted are lactose intolerant anyway, so what good is a dairy cow?

The environmental costs of bringing more animals into a region are high too. Water pollution and waste runoff is one issue; desertization of land is another. Raising animals for food is a bigger contributor to global warming than all forms of transportation combined.

If you care about animals, please don’t give money to charities that promote the mistreatment and slaughter of animals. If you’re looking for ways to help others, look for organizations that promote ethical, sustainable ways to invest in communities. Here are a few:

Alternatives

  • Vegfam – Self-supporting, sustainable, plant-based food programs, and water resources.
  • Trees for Life - Fruit trees, books, education, clean water, and fuel-efficient stoves.
  • Plenty - Plant-based nutrition, healthcare, education, self-sufficiency, and disaster relief.
  • A Well-Fed World - Plant-based nutrition, education, farm animal rescue, and food sharing.
  • Kiva - Micro-loans for people to start small businesses and get themselves out of poverty.
  • SALEM – Education, shelter, environmental protection, nutrition information, and vegetarian meals.

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Primate Liberation Week

October 12-20th is Primate Liberation Week, a time when we raise awareness and put extra efforts into helping primates in labs.

Over 70,000 primates (including rhesus monkeys, baboons, squirrel monkeys, capuchin monkeys, chimpanzees, marmosets and tamarins) are experimented on every year in the United States.

Action alerts:

1) The UW is considering expanding their animal labs, which would mean more animals (primates included) would be experimented on. Read NARN’s previous post about UWs plans and how you can contact them and ask them not to waste time, money, and precious lives on outdated research methods.

2) Join The Bunny Alliance’s campaign against Delta Air Lines. As a part of Primate Liberation week, on Wednesday, October 16, make a polite phone call to the headquarters of Delta Air Lines during office hours (9am-5pm EST) and tell Delta to use its partnership with Air France to convince Air France to stop transporting primates and other animals to labs.

Contact: Delta Headquarters Corporate Communications at 404-715-2554, fax them at 404-715-5876 or go to delta.com and click comment/complaint to voice your concerns.

Tell Delta: ”I’m asking that Delta Air Lines use its partnership with Air France to convince Air France to stop transporting animals to laboratories and to enact a permanent policy against doing so.”

See additional talking points and info at the Bunny Alliance’s Facebook page or on their website.

Learn more about primates in labs and what you can do at Stop Animal Exploitation Now.

Victories:

Thank you for all that you do for the animals!

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Kent and Everett circus wrap-up

The circus has come and gone, and we’d like to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to the demos and helped in any way. Your presence in Kent and Everett sends a strong message that we won’t tolerate animal abuse of any kind–and when we see it, we speak up!

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The demos couldn’t happen without you. We know you could have done something else with your time, but you chose to speak up for animals. Being part of a protest isn’t easy. Thank you for stepping out of your comfort zones to help educate circus-goers. The signs you made were terrific, and your pleasant demeanors helped to open minds and change attitudes.

As activists, we sow seeds, but we don’t always see the fruits of our labor. Here are a few examples of how the demos are helping:

  • One woman’s kids never want to go to an animal circus again–because of the comic book they received.
  • In Everett, a woman whose friend invited her to the circus said she’d never considered what happens to the animals. She didn’t want to go to the circus, but the tickets were purchased. Next year, she won’t go.
  • After seeing the circus, a woman escorting some disabled adults said she was upset at what she saw and that what was happening to the elephants wasn’t right. She took some literature and will talk to her boss about finding something different for her clients to do next year.
  • At the Kent demo, some little girls told a protestor that they didn’t want to go to the circus because they had seen “An apology to elephants” on HBO but that their mom was making them go. They took literature so they could talk to their friends about why animal circuses were bad.
  • Another woman, after receiving a flyer, promised not to come back next year. She thought her kids would like it but realized that animal circuses are depressing and don’t send kids the right message.
  • One man, whose kids had their activist coloring books confiscated by circus security on the way in, turned around and declared that they were going to see a movie instead.

Thank you for making a difference. Whether you’re a seasoned activist or brand new at this, you were an important part of the demos. We loved seeing familiar faces and meeting new people.

Kent Friday demo

Kent Thurs demo

Everett Thursday demo

Everett Saturday demo

Everett Saturday 2 demo

Thank you all!!

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